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Applying for Aid

Application Steps

There are four simple steps in the process to apply for financial aid.

Step 1: Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by April 1.

You must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for federal student aid and to apply for most state and college aid. Completing this application early will benefit all students. Wayne State College has a priority deadline of April 1. The application can be completed by logging onto www.fafsa.gov.

The student and one parent must have an FSA ID to sign the FAFSA form electronically. If you do not have a PIN, you can apply for one at https://fsaid.ed.gov/ before beginning the online FAFSA. Once you receive your PIN you can then electronically sign your FAFSA when you submit your information.

You will need the following information to complete the FAFSA:

  • Your Social Security Number and your parents’ Social Security Numbers if you are providing parent information;
  • Your driver’s license number if you have one;
  • Your Alien Registration Number if you are not a U.S. citizen;
  • 2015 federal tax information or tax returns (including IRS W-2 information) for yourself (and spouse if you are married) and for your parents if you are providing parent information.
  • Records of untaxed income, such as Social Security benefits, welfare benefits (e.g; TANF), and veterans benefits, for yourself, and your parents if you are providing parent information; and Information on savings, investments, and business and farm assets for yourself, and your parents if you are providing parent information.
  • Wayne State College’s Title IV Code: 002566 

NOTE: If you are filing the 2017-18 FAFSA, you will need 2015 tax returns. This FAFSA applies to Fall 2017 and Spring/Summer 2018.

Step 2: Make any Necessary Corrections to the Student Aid Report (SAR) 

Once you have filed your FAFSA, your information will be processed by Federal Student Aid, Your FAFSA will be processed and your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will be determined based on the information you provide on your application.

Once completed, a Student Aid Report (SAR) will be generated – usually within 7 to 10 days of you submitting your FAFSA. The SAR is a summary of the information you entered on the FAFSA; be sure to review the SAR for any errors. You can make any necessary corrections online via the FAFSA website. If no corrections are needed, keep a printed copy of your SAR for reference. 

Step 3: Review Your Financial Aid Award Notice

Our financial aid administrators use your SAR and other information you have provided to us to prepare a financial aid award package for you. Depending on the types and amount of financial aid for which you are eligible, your financial aid package may include a mixture of grants, scholarships, work-study programs, college-sponsored aid, and/or loans, and will be communicated to you in the form of a Financial Aid Award Notice. 

Once your file is complete, WSC will send an email to your WSC e-mail account with instructions on how to access your award package through WildcatsOnline.

Step 4: Accept or Decline Your Awards 

Log in to WildcatsOnline to review your awards. To receive your funds, you must accept your award(s), complete required steps for Direct Stafford Loans (if applicable), maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, and be enrolled at least half-time.

To ensure receipt of all funds offered, please read and respond promptly to the financial aid award notification. Check your status! Information about your application status, eligibility, and awards can be accessed at any time on in WildcatsOnline.

WARNING! Be wary of organizations charging a fee to submit your application or to find you money for school. In general, the help you pay for can be obtained for free from your school or from the U. S. Department of Education.