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.
- 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.
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.
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)
Additional Resources and Guides
Exit Loan Counseling (studentaid.gov)
Net Price Calculator
Need a quick estimate of how much your cost of attendance and aid award might be? Use the net price calculator.