Orientation & Success Programs

Parent and Family Resources

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Like you, we are excited to see the great things your student will accomplish at Wright State University. You play an important role in your student’s success and this guide will serve as a valuable resource as you navigate the college experience together. It will cover some of the most frequently asked questions asked by our newest family members.

We look forward to partnering with you and your student on their journey from student to professional. We invite you to stay connected with the university through our social media channels and meet other Wright State parents through our Wright State Parents Group Facebook page. 

Important Dates and Deadlines

Visit our academic calendar for a full list of upcoming dates and deadlines.

FERPA/Student Account Access

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prevents third parties (parent, spouse, employer, etc.) from having access to your student’s record without their consent. A student record can include active registration, detailed schedule, final grades, holds, petitions or appeals, graduation application, and academic transcript. Student records can also include billing information and financial aid such as the student billing account, financial aid application (ISIR/SAR), disbursement records, professional judgment documentation, verification records, cost of attendance, financial aid counseling documentation, financial documents, and your financial aid history.

Your student can, however, grant consent for their parent, spouse, employer, or other designated third parties to have access to their accounts through Student Proxy Access. Proxy access grants the designee access to student-designated records online. If your student would like a designee to have access to speak or meet with Wright State faculty and staff, they will need to submit a Student Authorization for Release of Information (FERPA Release).

Paying for College

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Wright State offers a variety of resources to help make your student’s college education affordable. In addition to our Wright Guarantee Tuition program, which locks in the cost of tuition, dining, and housing for up to four years, we also offer a number of financial aid and scholarship opportunities to help reduce the costs of a college education.

Financial Aid, Scholarships, and FAFSA

To be considered for federal, state, and institutional need-based financial aid, your student must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. The FAFSA helps your student become eligible for grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships.

After submitting the FAFSA, your student will need to check WINGS Express to ensure all financial aid requirements are completed and all requested financial aid is accepted prior to the fee payment deadline each semester.

Payment Options

We offer a variety of payment options that can help you and your student plan for college expenses.

  • Payment Plans: Is your student looking for an affordable way to pay for their educational costs? Explore our four-payment installment payment plan to spread out the cost of their education.
  • College Savings Plans: We accept payment from college savings plans like College Advantage or other 529 plans. Your student can work with the provider of their plan to make payment arrangements 30 days prior to the payment deadline.
  • Additional Loan Options: You and your student have loan options to help bridge the gap between their financial aid award notice and balance due.

A $50 late fee will be assessed each month your student’s account goes unpaid, or when payment plan installments are unpaid or late. If your student’s account is unpaid, a hold will be placed on their account and they will not be able to register for classes until the balance is paid.

Additional Information

Student Health and Safety

Campus Housing, Dining, and Commuter Resources

At Wright State, your student has the choice to live in our on-campus housing communities or commute from home or an off-campus residence. We also offer dining plans and options that both residential and commuter students can enjoy.

Student Support Services

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Virtual Tours and Maps

Visit wright.edu/virtual for more information.