How to Apply

Applying for Financial Aid

To apply for any federal or state financial aid at Wright State University, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Loans, grants, and Federal Work-Study are considered state or federal aid. To be considered for these types of aid, students must complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA form is available online, or you can pick up a paper copy from your guidance counselor, a public library, or college/university financial aid office after January 1. (Filing the FAFSA online is the quickest and most convenient method.)


The FAFSA can be filed after January 1 by paper application or online at, which is the preferred method for faster processing. Before completing the FAFSA online, you and your parent(s) (for dependent students), must request a PIN online at The PIN will serve as the electronic signature for FAFSA filers.

In order to complete the FAFSA, you will need student and parent (or spouse, if you are married) 1040s and W-2s. Many of the questions on the FAFSA will come directly from these forms. However, you should not send copies of these forms to the federal processor.

On the FAFSA, you will also be required to list the colleges and universities that you want to receive your FAFSA results. Wright State's Title IV code for the FAFSA is 003078.

The priority deadline to submit the FAFSA at Wright State is March 1, 2014.


Loans are a type of financial aid that must be repaid with interest. Student loans (Stafford, Perkins) are taken out in the student's name. Parent loans (PLUS) are taken out in the parent's name. Private loans, also called Alternative Loans, are usually taken out in the student's name but should have a credit-worthy co-signer. Contact RaiderConnect at (937) 775-4000 or e-mail if you have questions about loans.


Grants are a form of financial aid that is based on need. (Need is determined by filing the FAFSA.) Grants do not need to be paid back. Raider Connect has information on what grants are available.

Federal Work-Study Program

The Federal Work Study Program enables you to work part time to earn money for school-related expenses. The amount of Work-Study money is based on need. (Need is determined by filing the FAFSA.) Contact RaiderConnect at (937) 775-4000 or e-mail if you have questions about Federal Work-Study.

Financial Aid Award Notification

When the FAFSA application has been completed and received electronically by Wright State, students will be notified through their Wright State student e-mail address. If there are any additional financial aid requirements, students will be notified in the e-mail to access their financial aid account in WINGS Express to complete these requirements.

Access Your Award

You can access your Award Notices online via WINGS Express. The Office of Financial Aid prepares financial aid awards annually in accordance with the aid year's processing schedule. You will be notified via Wright State University email when your Award Notice is available to access online.

To receive your Award Notice, you must have:

For step-by-step instructions on how to access your Award Notice in WINGS Express, visit the Student Zone on the WINGS Resource Center.

Your Award Notice

The Award Notice displays financial aid awards based upon full-time enrollment at Wright State University, even if you do not plan to enroll full-time. Once you accept your financial aid awards and register for classes, the amount and type of aid that will pay towards your bill will be based on your registered credit hours. Visit our Receiving Your Aid page for more information.

Financial aid awards are determined annually and are based upon Wright State University's cost of attendance and your financial need for the given aid year. Your combined financial aid awards cannot exceed the cost of attendance for the aid year.

The cost of attendance includes allowances for:

  • Tuition
  • Books and supplies
  • Housing and meals (board)
  • Transportation
  • Personal expenses

Your financial aid is determined by subtracting your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from Wright State University's cost of attendance. Your EFC is calculated by the U.S. Department of Education when you file your FAFSA. Your total need-based aid awards (grants, scholarships, employment, and subsidized loans) cannot exceed your financial need (certain types of aid, like the Federal Pell Grant, are excluded from this concept).  

Financial Aid for Summer

Summer is the first academic term in the financial aid year. For example, Summer 2014 is the first academic term in the 2014–2015 aid year. Therefore, you must file the 2014–2015 FAFSA to apply for federal student aid for Summer 2014.

In order to receive financial aid for Summer, you must answer Yes to your Summer Enrollment Plans. The Summer Enrollment Plans question appears as a financial aid requirement in WINGS Express when the Office of Financial Aid processes your FAFSA (see the processing schedule on our Important Dates page).

Accept Your Awards

Your Award Notice is available online via WINGS Express. You may accept or decline the financial aid awards that appear on your Award Notice in accordance with the Office of Financial Aid's processing schedule. It is very important you read all the information on your Award Notice and follow all instructions carefully.

For step-by-step instructions on how to accept your financial aid awards in WINGS Express, visit the Student Zone on the WINGS Resource Center.

Grants and some scholarships will already appear as accepted on your Award Notice. However, work study, student loans, and other scholarships must be accepted on your Award Notice in order to initiate processing. Accepting a student loan on your Award Notice only begins the loan process. There are additional requirements you must complete to secure your loan and to ensure it is processed correctly. Visit our Getting a Loan page for more information. If your parent is interested in applying for a parent loan, visit our Parent Loans page for more information.

Receiving Your Aid

Your financial aid awards (with the exception of work-study, external scholarships, tuition remissions, and third party contracts) are applied to the charges that appear on your bill through a process called disbursement. Financial aid may be disbursed to your account for a given term as early as ten (10) days prior to the start of your classes, provided you are:

  • Awarded financial aid
  • Enrolled
  • Eligible for disbursement

If you apply late for financial aid, your financial aid may be delayed or you may become ineligible for disbursement. Loans may not disburse if additional requirements are needed. See our Getting a Loan page for more information.

Enrollment Requirements and Aid Adjustments

Your Award Notice displays your financial aid eligibility based upon full-time enrollment each term. However, the amount of financial aid that will disburse to your account for a given term will be based on your registered credit hours for that term. For example, if you register half-time, then the amount of aid that will disburse to you will be adjusted to match your half-time eligibility. It is important to note that not all financial aid awards are adjusted based on your enrollment status but almost all financial aid awards have a minimum enrollment status requirement in order to disburse.

The following chart illustrates an example of aid adjustments at the undergraduate level for Fall 2014. The amount of your need-based aid awards is determined by your financial need.

Financial Aid Award* Full-time
(12+ hours)
Three-fourths time
(9 to 11 hours)
(6 to 8 hours)
Less than half-time
(1 to 5 hours)
Wright Promise Scholarship $750 $0 $0 $0
Federal Pell Grant $2,865 $2,149 $1,433 $717
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant $275 $275 $275 $275
Wright State University Need-Based Grant $300 $225 $150 $75
Federal Direct Stafford Loan $1,750 $1,750 $1,750 $0
Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $0

*Half-time enrollment, at minimum, is required for federal student and parent loan funds to disburse. Many institutional scholarships require full-time enrollment in order to disburse. Grant amounts listed above are based on a 0 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for the 2014-2015 aid year.

Aid adjustments for gift aid (e.g., Federal Pell Grant, etc.) will adjust as your balance for tuition adjusts due to changes in your registration. For example, dropping a class may result in a reduction of your tuition balance and, conversely, adding a class may result in an increase to your balance for tuition. Each time you change your registration, the amount of financial aid disbursed to you will be evaluated for aid adjustment and the aid disbursed to your account may be increased or decreased accordingly. Your financial aid awards may also be adjusted after your tuition balance is determined if you officially or unofficially withdrawal for the term, receive a refund of institutional charges, or become eligible or ineligible for financial aid.

Fee Payment and Refunds

Once your financial aid has been disbursed to your account for a given term, the Office of the Bursar will apply the financial aid as payment towards your fees. Any remaining financial aid awards left on your account after your bill is paid will be issued to you (or your parent in the case of a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan) in the form of a refund. Refund monies can be directly deposited into a personal bank account. For more information about fee payment, refunds from excess financial aid awards and direct deposit contact Raider Connect.

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Contact Us

We are here to help explain your financial aid award and help you navigate the financial aid process.

You can call us at 937-775-4000 or email us at If you have your UID, we can serve you faster.  Don't know your UID? You can find it in your acceptance letter, in the application you submitted if you applied online, or by contacting our CaTS helpdesk at 937-775-4827.