How to Apply
Applying for aid
To receive federal aid you must annually file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). File the FAFSA and complete requirements early to have your aid ready for you when you need it.
- Apply for fall 2016, winter 2017 and spring/summer 2017 semesters.
- Available January 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017, use your 2015 income/tax information
- Apply for fall 2017, winter 2018 and spring/summer 2018 semesters.
- Available October 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018, use your 2015 income/tax information
The FAFSA is a requirement, in order for us to determine your eligibility for federal aid, which includes federal student loans.
How financial aid is determined
We determine your eligibility for federal aid based on the information that you supplied on the FAFSA.
Law student aid includes departmental scholarships, the unsubsidized Federal Direct loan, Federal Graduate PLUS loans, private educational Loans, and other resources.
The sum of all aid from all sources cannot exceed the set estimated cost of attendance figure.
As an incoming student, you will receive one paper award letter mailed to your home address. You will receive all other notifications via your WSU email account. You may view your award information at any time in Academica.
Complete outstanding requirements
Aid cannot be applied to your student account until all requirements are met.
Incomplete requirements will delay processing. Additional documentation may be required if you are selected for verification, or there are other issues affecting your eligibility.
Academica is the secure portal for information and resources at Wayne State University. Academica requires a student AccessID. Upon application for admission to WSU, notification of the AccessID and a temporary password are mailed to applicants from the Office of Computing & Information Technology (C&IT).
Disbursement of financial aid funds
Financial aid funds are applied to your student account balance at the beginning of each semester provided you meet all requirements.
- Respond to all requests for information
- Enroll at least half-time, which is four credits for a graduate student, five credits for a law student.
- Complete loan entrance counseling and sign promissory note(s) if you are borrowing loans.