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When is financial aid disbursed?

Financial Aid is disbursed in two equal payments during the year: 50% at the start of the year and 50% at the midpoint. Assessments for tuition and fees will be billed to coincide with financial aid disbursement dates.

These are the earliest dates that funds will be disbursed. Funds will be posted to your student account after financial aid eligibility is confirmed and registration is finalized.

2016-17 Disbursement dates 

If you enroll in a later starting course, funds will not disburse until at least 10 days prior to the start of class. If you are not enrolled for the entire aid period, your cost of attendance and awards may be adjusted.

Note: You are expected to attend all courses for which you receive financial aid. If your participation is class cannot be verified, your aid may be adjusted or cancelled.

Year in program
begin date
end date
Estimated 1st
disbursement date
Estimated 2nd
disbursement date
2016-17 M1 Aug. 1, 2016 April 29, 2017 Mon, July 25, 2016 Fri, December 16, 2016
2016-17 M2 Aug. 1 2016 May 12, 2017 Mon, July 25, 2016 Thurs, January 12, 2017
2016-17 M3 July 5, 2016 June 16, 2017 Mon, June 27, 2016 Wed, January 4, 2017
2016-17 M4 July 1, 2016 May 31, 2017 Tues, June 21, 2016 Mon, December 19, 2016
Aug 1, 2016 May 31, 2017 Mon, July 25, 2016 Wed, January 4, 2017
July 1, 2016 Oct 31, 2016 Tues, June 21, 2016

First disbursements occur by the first week of school.  Late financial aid filers will receive their aid approximately two weeks after they have:

  • Submitted all requested documents or requests for additional information
  • Enrolled at least halftime and begun attending classes
  • Completed/signed all applicable loan promissory notes
  • If a first-time federal student loan borrower, completed all applicable Entrance Counseling requirements.

Students on a leave of absence will receive financial aid after their leave ends and the above requirements are met.

How financial aid is disbursed

If you have met all requirements and have registered, you can expect your aid to be applied to your student account balance.

  • “ACCEPT” your financial aid offer on Academica.
  • Complete separate loan requirements for each type of loan borrowed. You can view requirements at Academica.
  • Loans that you do not “ACCEPT” will remain in an “OFFERED” status and will not be disbursed.

See the Records and Registration webpage for payment options for any remaining account balance.

If your financial aid disbursement exceeds your student account charges (tuition and fees), a financial aid refund will be generated to you. The refund can be used to pay other expenses related to your education.

Federal Title IV authorization form

To authorize payment of other University Charges
You must give authorization to the University to pay other charges if it is not one of the following: tuition, registration fee, student service fee, student support fee, fitness center fee, and/or contracted University room and board. Complete the Title IV Release Form online.

Refunds of excess aid

Financial aid will be credited to your student tuition account and applied to tuition, fees, and any residential housing charges. Students whose financial aid exceeds the tuition, fees and institutional charges on their WSU student account will receive the excess funds as a refund to pay other educational expenses.

When financial aid is disbursed

Financial aid is disbursed in two equal payments during the year—half at the start of the year and half at the mid-point. The Office of Records and Registration Office assesses tuition and fees to coincide with financial aid disbursement dates.

If your financial aid disbursement exceeds your student account charges, a refund will be generated for you.

How you will receive your refund

Wayne State University can issue your refund in one of two ways: (1) direct deposit into an existing U.S. checking or savings account or (2) paper check mailed to the address most recently placed on file with WSU. Please note: Refund checks are not available for pickup.

Enroll in direct deposit by logging into Academica. Select Financial Records, Direct Deposit Student Refunds and follow the instructions.

A paper check refund will be generated only if you have an address on file with WSU. You must keep your address current via Academica. Paper checks are mailed on the first day of the semester and bi-weekly thereafter.

View your student tuition account in Academica to determine if a refund has been generated. Select the code “Student A/R Refund,” which is displayed beneath “Statement and Payment History.” When funds are disbursed to your student account, a negative balance will appear. The negative sign next to the balance indicates a credit on your account in the amount to be refunded to you.

Beginning July 1, 2016, Wayne State University student refunds will no longer be processed through Higher One. If you currently have a checking account serviced by Higher One, you can continue to utilize it by enrolling in direct deposit through WSU and providing the Higher One routing and bank account information.  Access your Higher One information at