Finances and the availability of financial aid and scholarships play a central role in students' decision-making and in their persistence to degree. Both merit- and need-based financial aid have proved effective in attracting and supporting high-potential students at Wayne State University. The Equity Packaging model for financial aid, guarantees full time students with financial need that the cost of tuition and fees after expected family contributions are met without student loans. This is complemented by our Presidential and Wayne State Scholars programs which support the high achieving students. Together, they support promising students in achieving their educational objectives.