Student Financial Aid Philosophy and Guidelines

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Statement of Philosophy

The financial aid program at Wright State University is designed to provide merit and need-based aid to students. Although the primary responsibility for meeting college costs lies with the student and/or family, the University’s goal is to provide assistance when the student and/or family is unable to meet the student’s educational expenses. Financial assistance from the University is viewed as supplementary to the efforts of the student and family, with an emphasis on in-state tuition and fees. 

A portion of our financial aid program is designed to recognize students for outstanding academic performance. We encourage and promote academic excellence through a number of special merit and endowed scholarship programs. We award these programs based upon academic excellence, program of study, extracurricular activities, talent, and within prescribed University-set budgetary guidelines. These funds are first-come, first-served and are not guaranteed to all students who attend Wright State University, and/or meet all award criteria. Lake Campus students have access to scholarship funds provided to Wright State University-Lake Campus through the Western Ohio Education Foundation (WOEF), those scholarship programs have a separate application process that is supported by the Lake Campus.

Need-based financial assistance is available in the form of grants, loans, and work-study. Need-based financial aid may be provided by the Federal Government (US Department of Education), the State of Ohio, private lending institutions, the Wright State University Foundation, and Wright State University. All need-based financial assistance programs are granted on the basis of demonstrated financial need. Need is defined as the difference between the cost of attendance minus the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is determined by a standard formula established by the US Department of Education using data from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Wright State University need-based funds are subject to availability and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The Wright State University need-based grant may be used to offset SEOG (Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant) when funds are exhausted. All Federal and State grants, loans, and work-study programs are awarded based upon programmatic requirements set by the Federal or State government, or funding entity.

The Wright State University Foundation does provide emergency tuition assistance through the Graduation Fund for Ohio Residential undergraduate students who’ve exhausted all federal, state, and institutional financial aid eligibility while pursuing their first undergraduate degree. Students must be within their last two semesters prior to graduation to apply for funds. This emergency funding is limited to tuition only, and may not be used for other costs associated with obtaining a degree at Wright State University.

Packaging and Awarding Guidelines

  • Student eligibility for funds will be determined or confirmed prior to making awards, annually. Criteria such as financial need, citizenship, hours of enrollment, academic level, grade point average, state of residence, Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), and other eligibility criteria as defined by specific aid programs or donor requirements will be used to determine awards made to students on an annual basis.
  • Priority is based, generally, on financial need and on the time by which all requirements of a complete FAFSA and student file have been met. A priority FAFSA deadline is set at December 1 (starting with the 2017–18 FAFSA), annually. The priority deadline is used to award financial aid that is first-come, first-served within each award criterion that is established. Awarding priority is based on the highest financial need and is followed within the limits of funds available. 
  • Students who are selected for verification of their FAFSA information will not be granted any federal, state, or need-based institutional financial aid resources until the verification process is completed. Therefore, students are encouraged to complete the verification process as quickly as possible in order to benefit from a variety of financial aid resources.
  • Awards made from sources outside of the Office of Financial Aid (such as academic colleges and departments and external organizations) are incorporated into the financial aid award notifications. These awards may replace any loans that have been offered. This incorporation of aid complies with all federal, state, and institutional award requirements.
  • When packaging need-based financial aid for undergraduate students, the intent is to fulfill tuition costs, when possible. 
  • The award sequence below allows the Office of Financial Aid to determine which types of financial aid a student will receive. Ultimately, scholarships are awarded prior to other types of financial assistance (grants, work-study, and loans). 

The undergraduate awarding sequence which will be used in aid awarding is as follows (by fund):

  • Wright State University Academic Merit, Talent, or Athletic Scholarships
  • Wright State University Foundation Awards
  • Outside Scholarship Awards
  • Pell Grant
  • Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG)- Dayton Campus students only
  • Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
  • Wright State University Need-Based Grant
  • Federal Direct Subsidized Loans
  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans
  • Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans
  • Private/Alternative Loans

The sequence above is within all federal, state, and institutional guidelines for awards made to undergraduate students.

  • The award sequence below allows the Office of Financial Aid to determine which types of financial aid a student will receive. Ultimately, scholarships are awarded prior to other types of financial assistance (grants, work-study, and loans). 

The graduate and professional awarding sequence which will be used in aid awarding is as follows (by fund):

  • Graduate Tuition Scholarships, Assistantships, and other Wright State Scholarships
  • Wright State University Foundation Awards
  • Outside Scholarship Awards
  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans
  • Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans
  • Private/Alternative Loans

Expectations for Financial Aid Recipients

  • It is the student’s responsibility to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit other financial aid documents to the Office of Financial Aid by the prescribed deadlines that are outlined on the Wright State University RaiderConnect/Financial Aid website. Additionally, students are required to reapply for financial aid each academic year by submitting a FAFSA by the preferred deadline. Students who submit a FAFSA after the preferred deadline are limited in funding options and therefore may need to take alternative measures to pay for an education at Wright State University.
  • Students must remain eligible to receive financial aid by meeting all Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) regulations and Scholarship SAP regulations (if the student receives a Wright State University scholarship).
  • Students are expected to graduate from Wright State University within 150% of the time to normal degree completion. Please refer to the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy for specific details.
  • Students must meet all regulations in the Student Code of Conduct along with all academic integrity policies.
  • Students must meet all federal regulations to maintain eligibility for federal financial aid. Regulations include, but are not limited to: Drug Offense Violations, Fund Specific Requirements, and Selective Service Registration.

Wright State University Notice of Non-Discrimination

It is the policy of Wright State University that no member of the academic community (which includes all Wright State University faculty, students, residents, and staff, paid or voluntary, fully- or partially-affiliated) may in any respect discriminate against or harass any other member of the academic community (or any applicant for admission or employment) on the basis of the latter person's race, sex (including gender identity/expression), color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, genetic (DNA) information, veteran status, military status, or sexual orientation. This policy is consistent with all state and federal regulations.

Wright State University affirms its commitment to ensuring an environment for all employees and students which is fair, humane, and respectful--an environment which supports and rewards employee and student performance on the basis of relevant considerations such as ability and effort. Behaviors which inappropriately assert race, sex (including gender identity/expression), color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, genetic (DNA) information, veteran status, military status, or sexual orientation as relevant to employee or student performance are damaging to this environment.

For more information on Wright State University’s policies on Non-Discrimination, please visit  University Policy 8000 Equal Educational and Employment Opportunity Policies and Affirmative Action Plan or Harassment and Discrimination Policy.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the University's non-discrimination policies:

Mr. Matthew L. Boaz, Director
504/Title IX Coordinator
Office of Equity and Inclusion
Wright State University
436 Millett Hall
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, OH  45435
Phone: (937) 775-3207
matthew.boaz@wright.edu
Campus Hours: Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.