Warrior Way Back

Photo of three adult learners in caps and gowns at graduation with the provost and president

We want you back! A balance doesn't need to prevent you from earning your degree.

Warrior Way Back (WWB) is a debt forgiveness program for returning students with an outstanding balance with Wayne State University (WSU).

WWB forgives up to $1,500 over 3 semesters or upon graduation for qualifying students. To qualify, students must have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher, a balance of $1,500 or less, and not have attended class at WSU for 2 or more years.

If you're in the process of paying a balance down to $1,500 or need an assessment of your balance, please continue to fill out the application. We will be in contact with you when your evaluation is complete.

We recommend that students complete the application no later than three weeks prior to the start of courses for their desired semester. There are a number of steps that must be completed after an application is approved but before a student may register for classes. Students in the Warrior Way Back program are not permitted to register for a course after it has already begun.

If you would like to join or learn more about the program, please contact us - we look forward to talking to you!

Apply to the Warrior Way Back program

Complete the Returning Warrior form if you do not owe a balance to the university.

Have questions? Email us at warriorwayback@wayne.edu, or set up an appointment below to learn more!

The goal of the Warrior Way Back program is not only to identify a pathway back to Wayne State, but to support adult learners throughout their educational journey. While enrolled in the Warrior Way Back program, students will:

  1. Comprehend their individual financial (aid) situation and any necessary next steps to receive aid.
  2. Understand their academic progress, remaining requirements, and timeline to graduation.
  3. Establish and develop ongoing relationships with a support network, not limited to advisors, financial aid, career services, and the adult learner community.

Schedule an Appointment

Adult Learner Virtual Event Series

Sign up for the Fall 2022 Adult Learner Event Series. Prospective and current students as well as advocates are welcome to attend.

All events are at 5:30 PM through Zoom. RSVP is required.


8/23: Alternative Credits & CLEP

8/30: Welcome (Back)/(Re)Orientation for Adult Learners



9/8: SPECIAL SESSION: Meet your Adult Learner Student Organization

9/13: Financial Aid Basics for Adult Learners

9/20: Navigating Career Services for Adult Learners

9/29: (Thursday) Campus Health Resources for Adult Learners



10/4: Tap into Transfer Credit for Adult Learners

10/11: Finding Scholarships for Adult Learners

10/18: Top 10 Job Interview Mistakes for Adult Learners

10/25: Multicultural Student Engagement (OMSE)



11/1: Top 10 Job Interview Tips for Adult Learners

11/10: SPECIAL SESSION: Justice-impacted Citizens Support @ WSU

11/15: SAP & Financial Aid Appeals for Adult Learners

11/29: Brain Science & Study Skills for Adult Learners



12/6: Introduction to Handshake & Job Searching for Adult Learners

12/13: End of the Semester Celebration for Adult Learners

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I begin the Warrior Way Back Process?

    Submit the application, or reach out to us at warriorwayback@wayne.edu with questions.

  • Who qualifies for Warrior Way Back?

    Student must meet ALL of the following requirements.

    • Undergraduate level students
    • Students who have not attended class at WSU in over two years
    • Students who were previously enrolled at WSU, but did not earn a bachelor's degree
    • Students who have a past due account balance of $1,500 or less
    • Students who have a minimum 2.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average
    • Students who have resolved all housing holds 
    • Students who have a current FAFSA on file for the semester in which they intend to return
  • I have a balance at an institution other than WSU do I qualify?

    Wayne State University cannot forgive balances owed to other institutions, but it is our hope that other college and universities will follow our lead and do all they can to support students who wish to return to higher education. We recommend that students resolve balances at other institutions before returning to WSU.

  • I submitted an application. What can I expect next?

    Student Accounts Receivable, the Office of Student Financial Aid and the University Advising Center will complete a thorough review of your qualifications

    • Please allow up to two weeks to ensure accuracy

    Once the review is complete you will be contacted by WSU about your eligibility for the program and given next steps

    • Be sure to check your email and voicemail
    • If you are qualified for Warrior Way Back
      • You will meet with the returning student advisor to sign a Financial Agreement
      • You will meet with your departmental advisor to sign an Academic Agreement
      •  A Financial Aid Officer will call you to discuss your aid eligibility 
  • What are the requirements for Warrior Way Back after being accepted into the program?
    • Register for a minimum of six credits for three out of four consecutive terms
    • Limit coursework to only those required for graduation
    • Connect with an advisor at least twice each semester
    • Earn a minimum of a "C" grade in each course, no incompletes, and maintain a term grade point average of 2.5 or higher each semester
    • Meet all financial aid and account balance requirements
  • How is my balance to WSU forgiven?
    • A student's balance with the university is forgiven in thirds. Warrior Way Back students must be enrolled at least part-time and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress to remain eligible.
    • Example: A student left Wayne State owing a balance of $1,500 in 2013. The student returns to WSU and enrolls in fall 2018 as a full-time student. The student successfully completes the semester; Wayne State University then forgives $500 of the student's past-due balance. Student enrolls for the next semester. At the end of that successful semester, WSU forgives another $500 of the past-due balance. Student enrolls for the third semester and successfully completes that semester, the remaining $500 balance is forgiven. The student has now completed the program and no longer has a balance.”