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Take Flight Program

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About Take Flight

Take flight program

As part of our commitment to transform the lives of the students and communities we serve, Wright State is excited to announce the Take Flight program, which covers the cost of up to 18 hours of undergraduate tuition. To fund the program, Wright State combines your federal and state grant funds with institutional grants and/or scholarships to meet the cost of undergraduate tuition. Institutional scholarships and grants awarded as part of the Take Flight program are renewable for up to eight semesters.

Take Flight is for you if you are:

  • Enrolling directly from high school to attend Wright State’s Dayton campus for the 2022 Fall Semester;
  • An Ohio resident and have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.2 or higher; and
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 2,000 or less as indicated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

In addition to covering the cost of up to 18 hours of undergraduate tuition, the program also provides the following benefits:

  • Fee waiver for you and one family member for summer orientation
  • Up to $100 in textbook vouchers each academic year 
  • Dell Latitude laptop
  • Dedicated success team, including academic advisor, success coach, and career consultant
  • On-campus employment through the Federal Work-Study Program (Note: You must have unmet need and satisfy federal requirements for Work-Study eligibility).

More information about determining Estimated Family Contribution, including an estimator tool, can be found at studentaid.gov/aid-estimator.

How to Apply

No separate application is required. Apply to Wright State as a new, first-time student for Fall 2022. Families need to submit the FAFSA.

Students and families are encouraged to participate in one of Wright State’s FAFSA workshops or schedule an appointment to receive one-on-one assistance with applying for aid at wright.edu/fafsa101.

Funding Details

Costs for housing, meals, books, supplies, transportation, and personal expenses are not included in the Take Flight program, but may be covered by other funding sources. If you are eligible for Take Flight, you may use federally guaranteed student loans, Federal Work-Study monies, and private loans to cover these expenses.

Funding for this program is intended to cover any remaining gap between federal and state grants/scholarships and tuition. If you are eligible for federal and state aid, including education benefits from the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, Ohio Air National Guard funding, Chapter 31 funding, funds from ROTC, Ohio War Orphans funding, and/or the Wright State University tuition and fee remission benefit, your institutional funding for the Take Flight program may be reduced or canceled once these resources are applied.

Eligibility Criteria

To guarantee eligibility for the program, you must:

  • Apply to the Dayton campus;
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher; and
  • File the FAFSA, be eligible for federal, Title IV, and state aid and have an EFC of 2,000 or less.

You must also complete all outstanding financial aid requirements to be considered for Title IV and state aid. If this process indicates an EFC greater than 2,000, Wright State reserves the right to alter or revoke your eligibility for the Take Flight program.

You must enroll directly from high school to the Dayton Campus for the 2022 Fall Semester.

Annual Renewal Eligibility

The program is renewable for eight semesters. To remain eligible for the Take Flight scholarship and grants program each academic year, you must:

  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 2,000 or less
  • Maintain Ohio residency
  • Enroll full time on the Dayton campus
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Meet standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Participate in workshops related to career and academic success selected from a series of offerings each semester
  • Complete all outstanding financial aid requirements to be considered for Title IV and state aid.

Federal Work Study

Students in the Take Flight program who meet the federal requirements will be offered Federal Work Study, a need-based work program. To qualify for on-campus employment through the Federal Work Study program, students must have unmet need and satisfy federal requirements for eligibility. Participation is contingent upon a student applying for and being hired by an on-campus employer who participates in the Federal Work Study program.

Students typically work for a department or organization on-campus at Wright State. Federal Work Study earnings are not applied to the student's account to pay toward their balance owed to Wright State. Like most jobs, the wages earned are given to the student to spend at their discretion. Participation is contingent on the student applying for, and being hired by, a participating on-campus employer.

How do you participate in the Federal Work Study Program?

Follow these steps to participate in the Federal Work Study Program.

  1. Accept your Federal Work-Study award via WINGS Express.
  2. Log into Handshake, our online job portal, using your WINGS username and password.
  3. Search and apply for jobs. You can filter jobs by major, location, type, and other key words. Make sure and save your searches for future use.
  4. Create a profile (public or private) and upload your resume.
  5. Review student eligibility for working on-campus and other student employment information.
  6. Find and sign up for interviews, career planning and job search events, and career fairs.

Why participate in the Federal Work Study Program?

When you file the FAFSA for a future year, the U.S. Department of Education will exclude any wages earned in the Federal Work Study position from your earned income on the FAFSA.

Take the first step right now and apply to Wright State!