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Student Handbook

Financial Aid

Money Matters

Through a variety of federal, state, and local programs, financial assistance for Wright State students may come in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and employment.

Financial Aid

To apply for financial aid, you must submit a 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the Federal Processing Agency. The FAFSA will be used to determine your eligibility for federal and state grants (Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Ohio College Opportunity Grant; federal loans ( Direct Stafford Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized), Perkins Loan, Nursing Student Loan, Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), Graduate PLUS loan, and Federal Work-Study. A separate application is required to apply for scholarships. Information regarding financial aid programs, applications and/or application requirements, and deadline dates, and web links can be obtained online at http://www.wright.edu/raider-connect/financial-aid.

Financial aid for graduate students includes graduate assistantships, graduate fellowships, Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford loan, Perkins Loan, Nursing Student loan, Graduate PLUS loan, and Work-Study. Information regarding Wright State graduate scholarships, assistantships and fellowships is available through the Graduate School, and online at http://catalog.wright.edu/.

Financial aid (excluding renewable scholarships) does not automatically continue from year to year. Students are to apply for financial aid beginning in January, prior to each academic year.  The Wright State priority filing deadline date for FAFSA is March 1, for the 2016-2017 academic year. (Note: The Wright State priority filing deadline for the FAFSA will be December 1, 2016 for the 2017-2018 academic year)

The FAFSA application is completed online at the following web address: www.fafsa.gov. Along with the income information required to submit the FAFSA, students (and parents for dependent students) must also have an assigned FSA ID. Your FSA ID can be requested online at https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm. Your FSA ID will serve as your online signature, and will be needed to access your completed FAFSA online if corrections are needed.

Once your completed FAFSA information is received by the Office of Financial Aid, you will receive notification through your Wright State e-mail address. Once received, you will access your financial aid information on Wings Express (http://wings.wright.edu). The Financial Aid and Scholarship section of Wings Express will also detail if there are any requirements that are needed to finalize your financial aid. Once your requirements are satisfied, you will be notified by e-mail when your financial aid award is available on Wings Express.

Once awarded, you will be instructed through Wings Express to approve your award notice, and how to apply for awarded loans.

In order to receive federal financial aid from year to year, in addition to filing the FAFSA, students must meet satisfactory academic progress for financial aid. Undergraduate and Graduate students must earn cumulative grade point average and credit hours, and not exceed 150 percent of the credit hours required for their program completion.  To receive detailed information regarding important changes to our satisfactory Academic Progress review for the 2016-2017 year, please refer to the Raider Connect webpage at http://www.wright.edu/raider-connect/financial-aid/academic-progress.


Scholarships are a form of gift aid that does not require repayment. They may be based entirely on academic excellence or on financial need and academic excellence or on talent.

First-year students admitted prior to March 1, 2016 are considered for an academic performance scholarship based on their ACT/SAT scores and cumulative High School GPA (awarded on an “as funds are available” basis). (Note: Effective the 2017-2018 academic year, first-year students admitted prior to February 1, 2017 will be considered for an academic performance scholarship). Students may only receive one academic performance scholarship. To receive detailed information regarding First-Year Scholarships visit, http://www.wright.edu/raider-connect/financial-aid/first-year-scholarships.


First-year students, continuing, and transfer students can apply online for multiple donor-based scholarships funded through the Wright State University Foundation and also scholarships funded by the University. If you have received an academic performance scholarship from Wright State as an incoming or transfer student, you may apply for additional scholarship assistance. A student may receive more than one scholarship as long as the combination of scholarships does not exceed the cost of attendance as determined by the office of financial aid. To receive detailed information regarding the application process and important deadlines, visit https://www.wright.edu/raider-connect/financial-aid/scholarships.

A separate scholarship search database is available on the financial aid web page at https://www.wright.edu/raider-connect/financial-aid/external-scholarship-opportunities.

Raider Connect

Raider Connect provides one-stop enrollment service to students. Students can contact Raider Connect regarding financial aid related questions. To contact Raider Connect, call (937) 775-4000 or e-mail raiderconnect@wright.edu.