Wayne State University’s Discover Detroit Scholarship Eliminates Non-Resident Charges for Undergraduates


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Students eligible for the Discover Detroit Scholarship can attend Wayne State University for the in-state tuition price.

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High school students nationwide can now attend Detroit’s Wayne State University (WSU) without paying out-of-state tuition. The Discover Detroit Scholarship eliminates non-resident charges valued at approximately $60,000 for four years of undergraduate education for eligible students. 

Additionally, students will be considered for other merit and need-based awards that could further decrease out-of-pocket costs.

“In today's global society, we believe that students deserve access to an internationally recognized education without prohibitive out-of-state fees,” says Dawn Medley, associate vice president for enrollment management. “Now students who have may have wanted to attend Wayne State but didn't think it was possible because of cost can take advantage of this great opportunity. It's also a way for the university to market itself and recruit out of state in an increasingly competitive environment.”

To qualify for the Discover Detroit Scholarship, entering freshmen must have at least a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale, and an ACT score of at least 24 or an SAT score of 1160 or higher earned after March 2016.

Transfer students can also qualify with at least a 3.0 or higher overall GPA and at least 24 transferable hours from a qualified community college. Transfer students with less than 24 transferable hours must meet the requirements for both incoming freshmen and transfer students.

In addition to academic requirements, Discover Detroit award recipients must be U.S. citizens or legal residents, and students must complete an application for admission, submit test scores and high school transcripts, and file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  

WSU’s institutionally funded financial aid for 2017 totals $74.2 million, an increase of more than 150 percent since 2007. More than 900 freshmen (34 percent of the 2017 incoming class) have their tuition and fees fully funded through the Wayne Access Award, which provides tuition at no cost for eligible students after a combination of federal, state, and other institutional aid.

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