New financial aid program covers full tuition for eligible undergraduate students at Wright State

Newly enrolled students from Ohio high schools can have their full tuition covered at Wright State University through a new program for academically accomplished students with financial need.

The new Take Flight Program will cover undergraduate tuition for Ohio students with a high school grade point average of 3.2 or higher and an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 2,000 or less on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Ohio high school students who enroll on Wright State’s Dayton Campus for fall 2022 are eligible for the program.

“In its commitment to transform the lives of the students and communities it serves, Wright State has created the Take Flight Program to provide needed financial support to academically accomplished students,” said President Sue Edwards, Ph.D. “This new financial aid program is part of Wright State’s continuing efforts to support our students and help them meet their goals.”

Learn more about the Take Flight Program.

No separate application is required for the Take Flight program or other first-year scholarships offered by Wright State.

Students should apply to Wright State’s Dayton Campus as new, first-time students by June 1, 2022. Families must also submit their FAFSA by June 1, 2022.

Wright State’s admission application is free. Students can apply today at

Families who are not familiar with the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, are encouraged to attend one of Wright State’s Financial Aid 101 virtual events or sign up for a one-on-one appointment. More information is available at

Funds from the Take Flight Program will cover the gap between a student’s federal and state grants and scholarships and their undergraduate tuition.

The program covers the cost of up to 18 hours of undergraduate tuition per semester. Institutional scholarships and grants awarded as part of the Take Flight Program are renewable for up to eight semesters.

The program also provides the following benefits:

  • Fee waiver for the student and one family member for Summer Orientation
  • Up to $100 in textbook vouchers each academic year
  • Dedicated Success Team, including an academic advisor, success coach and career consultant
  • Special workshops related to internships, research opportunities, and career development.

Under the Take Flight Program, students with financial need will also be offered Federal Work-Study, a federal employment program. Participation is not required and is contingent on students applying for and being hired by an on-campus employer who participates in the Federal Work-Study Program. Students may spend Federal Work-Study earnings however they like and they are not required to use those wages to pay university tuition or fees.

Costs for housing, meals, books, supplies, transportation and personal expenses are not included in the Take Flight program but may be covered by other funding sources such as federal student loans, Federal Work-Study funds and private loans.

To remain eligible in the Take Flight scholarship and grants program each academic year, students must:

  • File the FAFSA by Feb. 1
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution of $2,000 or less
  • Maintain Ohio residency
  • Enroll full-time on the Dayton Campus
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Meet standards of satisfactory academic progress

In addition to the Take Flight program, Wright State offers First-Year Scholarships to eligible undergraduate students who enroll directly from high school.

Admitted first-year students are automatically considered for academic scholarships based on their high school GPA, as well as need-based grants when they submit their FAFSA to Wright State.

Along with providing gift aid to help provide an affordable education, Wright State has one of the lowest tuition rates among Ohio’s four-year universities.

And the Wright Tuition Guarantee Program locks in the same annual cost of tuition, housing and dining over a four-year college career for newly admitted, degree-seeking undergraduate students who are Ohio residents.

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