Financial Aid 101: Get the Facts on Applying for Financial Aid

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About Financial Aid 101

An affordable, world-class education is within your reach at Wright State University. Take advantage of the most financial aid available by applying for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The FAFSA is a free application that will determine your eligibility for:

  • federal grants
  • student and parent loans
  • work-study opportunities
  • scholarships

Join us for a live, virtual presentation and discover how to maximize your financial aid by completing your FAFSA.

Our Enrollment Services (RaiderConnect) staff is ready to help you understand your financial options and provide you with the tips and tools you need to maximize your financial aid award.

To learn more about completing your FAFSA, select a date below and join us for a virtual FAFSA presentation through the WebEx virtual meeting platform. To get the most out of your presentation, we encourage you to review and complete our Pre-FAFSA Worksheet before attending the session.

Register for a Virtual Financial Aid 101 Presentation

Please reserve a time at least 48 hours in advance to ensure placement in this presentation.

Unable to attend a virtual presentation or need personal assistance with applying for financial aid?

Complete the following contact form and we will reach out to you to schedule a virtual one-on-one appointment.


Financial Aid 101: Pre-FAFSA Worksheet

To access and get the most out of your virtual Financial Aid 101 presentation or individual appointment, please review and complete the following worksheet before your virtual session.


Visit to install WebEx on your personal computer or mobile device. You will be using this online meeting platform to access your virtual presentation or one-on-one appointment.


Gather documents needed to apply.

Contributors may need the following documents when completing the 2024–25 FAFSA:

  • FSA ID: Visit to create or manage your FSA ID. Students along with other FAFSA contributors must have an FSA ID. Details on who is considered a contributor and how to create an FSA ID can be found below.
  • Social Security number
  • Alien Registration number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Income and Tax information from two prior tax years.  For example, when filing the 2024–2025 FAFSA (Summer 2024, Fall 2024, Spring 2025), you will need income information from the 2022 calendar year.
  • Records of child support received
  • Current balances of cash, savings, and checking accounts
  • Net worth of investments, businesses, and farms

FAFSA Contributors Request or Update an FSA ID

Beginning with the 2024-25 FAFSA, all FAFSA contributors must have an FSA ID. A Contributor is a new term and refers to anyone who is required to provide information, consent and approval, and a signature on the FAFSA form. Contributors are determined by your dependency status, tax filing status, and marital status. Contributors may include the student, student’s spouse, biological or adoptive parent(s), or step-parent. Please keep in mind that providing consent or providing personal and financial information doesn’t make a contributor financially responsible for the student’s educational costs. If you have questions about who would be a contributor to your unique situation, please contact Enrollment Services.

The FSA ID is a username and password needed to contribute to the FAFSA. Please note, that anyone who needs an FSA ID will need to have a valid email address. If you or someone who needs to contribute to your FAFSA already has an FSA ID, make sure the information is current including legal name, date of birth, and email and home address. Parents, if you previously created an FSA ID when you were a student or for another child, you don’t need to create another one. You can only have one FSA ID linked to your Social Security number. If you forgot your FSA ID username and password, you can retrieve the information on the website by clicking “Forgot Username” or “Forgot Password”.

Contributors requesting or updating an FSA ID will want to wait until they receive an email from the Department of Education stating their identity has been verified and that they can use their account before beginning their portion of the FAFSA. 

*Students should use their personal email or Wright State email address to create their FSA ID. Do not use a high school email address since it will most likely become inactive after graduation. Also, email addresses can only be associated with one FSA ID account. If you share an email address with someone else, then only one of you can use that account to create an FSA ID.

If you have questions or need assistance with any of the items in this checklist, please contact Enrollment Services (RaiderConnect) at or 937-775-4000.


2024-25 FAFSA Workshops

Enrollment Services (RaiderConnect) is hosting on-campus FAFSA workshops in February 2024 for students who need help completing the 2024-25 FAFSA. Space is limited. Please select and register for one of the dates and times listed below:

 Tuesday, February 20, 10-11 a.m.

 Thursday, February 22, 5-7 p.m.

 Monday, February 26, 10-11 a.m.

 Wednesday, February 28, 5-7 p.m.

What can you do to prepare for the 2024–25 FAFSA workshop?

Visit for more information on what you need to do to prepare to file the 2024-25 FAFSA.