Wayne State College
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Financial Aid

Financial aid is federal, state, local, and private funds that help meet a student's cost of attendance, including tuition, fees, housing and meal plans, books, and supplies.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

The FAFSA process has changed due to the FAFSA Simplification Act. The FAFSA form is available to complete at www.studentaid.gov as of Dec. 31, 2023.  

What's changing?

  • The FAFSA form is now simpler, with fewer questions.
  • Student and contributor tax information will be retrieved through a direct data exchange with the IRS once consent has been granted.
  • The Student Aid Index (SAI) is a new calculation that will replace the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

Institutions are not expected to receive FAFSA results until mid-March. The Financial Aid Office will be communicating with students and families with updated information as we receive it.

Step 1: Complete the FAFSA

All eligible students interested in financial aid must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Wayne State's FAFSA code is 002566.

Complete Your FAFSA (studentaid.gov)


Step 2: Submit Verification

Verification requires schools to collect documentation to check the accuracy of FAFSA information. About 30% of all FAFSA filers are selected for verification. If you are selected, WSC will notify you via email, and you will need to complete the verification process in order to receive aid.

More on Financial Aid Verification


Step 3: View Your Award

Watch your mail and email for information from Wayne State College on instructions to view your award offer. Check your WildcatsOnline account for your up-to-the-minute financial aid award and disbursement information.


Step 4: Accept Your Award

After you have accepted your award, there are steps you must complete while on campus in order to stay eligible.

Staying Eligible for Financial Aid


View full instructions on applying for aid

FAFSA Instructional Videos

Check out the helpful videos below for instructions on completing the FAFSA application, MPN and entrance counseling, the Parent PLUS loan application process, and exit loan counseling for the FAFSA.

FAFSA Demo Videos (EducationQuest Playlist)

Loan Counseling Guidance (WSC Playlist)

Contact Us

Additional Resources and Guides

Exit Loan Counseling (studentaid.gov)

Financial Aid FAQs

WildcatsOnline Help

How to Grant Parent Access

How to Accept or Decline Financial Aid

How to Pay a Bill

How to Access your 1098-T

Net Price Calculator

Need a quick estimate of how much your cost of attendance and aid award might be? Use the net price calculator.


Student Financial Services
Hahn Administration 104
1111 Main Street
Wayne, NE 68787

Phone: 800-228-9972 ext. 7229
Local: 402-375-7229
Fax: 402-375-7067
Email: [email protected]

Title IV Code: 002566

Student Financial Services