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What You Need to Know

Ready to make your college education more affordable? On this page, you will find the steps you can take to become eligible for federal, state, and institutional financial aid and scholarships. Have questions? We're here to help. Call RaiderConnect at 937-775-4000 or email us at RaiderConnect@wright.edu.

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Apply for Admission

Your first step in the financial aid process is to submit your admissions application.

Once you are admitted, you will use your WINGS portal to view your Wright State University email account and log in to WINGS Express. WINGS Express allows you to access your student and financial aid records online at any time.

Direct from High School Student Scholarships

Visit our First-Year Scholarships page to learn more about academic performance and need-based scholarship opportunities. Some scholarships are offered based on your admission and FAFSA applications. There is a priority deadline for scholarship consideration, so complete your admission and FAFSA applications early!

Transfer Student Scholarships

Visit our Transfer Scholarships page to learn about transfer scholarship opportunities. Some scholarships do not require a separate application; simply complete the admission process and (if applicable) submit your final transcript reflecting your earned associate degree.

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File Your FAFSA

You will need to file your FAFSA each year to be considered for federal, state, and institutional need-based financial aid. The application opens on October 1 prior to the start of the next academic year. To become eligible for the most federal, state, and institutional need-based aid available, submit your FAFSA by Wright State's priority deadline. For information on filing the FAFSA visit our File Your FAFSA page.

Need help completing the FAFSA? Register online for a virtual Financial Aid 101 workshop or a virtual one-on-one appointment. You can also call RaiderConnect at 937-775-4000 or email RaiderConnect@wright.edu to schedule an appointment.

Already filed your FAFSA for the academic year but did not list Wright State as a school of choice? You will want to make a correction to your FAFSA and add Wright State's school code (003078). We will receive your FAFSA from the Department of Education within about 5 business days. Financial aid offers will not transfer. Instead, you must apply for aid anew at Wright State University.

 

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Complete the Online Scholarship Application

By submitting the Wright State online scholarship application, both undergraduate and graduate students can apply for multiple scholarships. For more details on possible institutional and foundation scholarship opportunities, use the scholarship search function. There may be other departmental/division scholarships available that are not associated with this application. Check with your department chair or program director to see if other scholarship opportunities are available.

Visit the First-Year, Continuing, Transfer, and Graduate Student Scholarship pages for tips and details on how to complete the online scholarship application. The deadline to apply for the 2021–22 academic year was February 1, 2021. Miss the deadline? Mark your calendar to apply for the 2022–23 academic year. The application will become available in Fall 2021.

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Complete Outstanding Financial Aid Requirements

New, Transfer, and Returning Students

Once you file a FAFSA, you may need to complete additional requirements to determine your financial aid offer. To access your list of outstanding financial aid requirements, visit your online student service portal, WINGS Express. Since you are new to Wright State, you can access WINGS Express by first logging into your Admissions Portal. Once you have registered for classes, you are considered a continuing student. Continuing students need to log directly into WINGS Express.

New students can follow these steps to view outstanding financial aid requirements:

  • Revisit your Admissions Portal at wright.edu/apply.
  • In the Next Steps section, select Access your Student Portal.
  • Select the Student and Financial Aid link.
  • Select the Financial Aid and Scholarships link.
  • Select the Eligibility Requirements link.
  • Select the appropriate Aid Year from the drop-down list and click Submit.
  • Select the Student Requirements tab. If a requirement appears as a link, select the link for more information.
  • Visit wright.edu/raiderconnect/forms-and-resources to securely upload your completed documents.

Continuing Students

Once you file a FAFSA, you may need to complete additional requirements in order to determine your financial aid offer. We will notify you of outstanding requirements through your official Wright State email. Therefore, it is very important that you check your Wright State email on a regular basis. To access your list of outstanding financial aid requirements, visit WINGS Express. For step-by-step instructions on how to view your financial aid and scholarship requirements in WINGS Express, visit the WINGS Express Support Page. Visit wright.edu/raiderconnect/forms-and-resources to securely upload your completed documents.

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    Review and Accept Your Aid Offer

    New, Transfer, and Returning Students

    Once all requirements are complete, we will prepare a financial aid offer in accordance with the year's processing schedule.

    Since you are new to Wright State, you can access WINGS Express by first logging into your Admissions Portal. Once you have registered for classes, you are considered a continuing student. Continuing students need to log directly into WINGS Express.

    New students can follow these steps to view/accept your financial aid offer:

    • Revisit your Admissions Portal at wright.edu/apply.
    • In the Next Steps section, select Access your Student Portal.
    • Select the Student and Financial Aid link.
    • Select the Financial Aid and Scholarships link.
    • Select the Award Notice link.
    • Select the Award Overview tab to review your award notice.
    • Select the Accept Award Offer tab to accept/decline aid.
    • If you accept a student loan, you will be prompted to complete loan requirements. The loan requirements will appear below your financial aid awards on the Accept Award Offer tab. The loan requirements appear under the heading Unsatisfied Disbursement Requirements.

    Continuing Students

    Once all requirements are complete, we will prepare a financial aid offer in accordance with the year's processing schedule. We will notify you of your award notice by emailing your Wright State email. You will be asked to review/accept your financial aid awards listed on your Award Notice in WINGS Express. For step-by-step instructions on how to view/accept your financial aid offer in WINGS Express, visit the WINGS Express Support page.

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    Complete Loan Requirements

    Student Loans

    If you accept a student loan, see our Getting a Loan page for the additional steps to secure your loan.

    Parent PLUS Loan

    Parents must initiate borrowing the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan. The Parent PLUS Loan is designed for parents of dependent students (dependent per the FAFSA) to help with remaining college costs. Students cannot accept a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan. Parents must apply annually and there is a credit requirement to receive this loan. If denied based on credit, the dependent student can receive Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan funds in their name up to the cost of attendance (up to $4,000 for freshman and sophomore status or up to $5,000 for junior and senior status).

    For more information on how to apply, visit our Getting a Loan page.

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    View your bill

    In general, your aid will be credited to your student account by the time your receive your billing statement for the semester. This credit is called a financial aid "memo" or "authorization". Aid can not be applied (disbursed) to your account until the first day of classes. If your student account is paid in full and financial aid funds remain, the Office of the Bursar will issue the remaining funds in the form of a refund. For more information on memo, authorization, and disbursement dates, visit our important dates page.

    You must also meet other eligibility requirements (ex. enrolled) for your aid to memo, authorize, or disburse to your student account. Please visit the Scholarships, Grants, and Loans pages for additional eligibility requirements. Our Receiving Your Aid page is also a great resource for additional information on requirements to receive your financial aid.

    Federal Work Study and external scholarships will not credit towards your billing statement like other aid. Have an external scholarship check? Visit our external scholarship page for more information on sending in your award information.