FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid

FAFSA Follow-Up

FAFSA Follow-Up Overview

You have successfully submitted your FAFSA electronically.

  • Now Federal Student Aid will process your application and send you a Student Aid Report (SAR).
  • An electronic copy of your SAR is also made available to the schools you've listed on your FAFSA. NOTE: Foreign schools may or may not be able to receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) electronically. Check with the school selected on the FAFSA to see if they will need a paper copy of the SAR.

You will receive an official Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on your SAR based on the processing results of your FAFSA. The EFC is a preliminary estimate based on the information you provided on your application. The EFC is used by your school to determine your eligibility for federal student aid.

For more information about the EFC see Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid.

What happens now?

FAFSA Follow-Up allows you to do the following:

Check Status of a Submitted FAFSA or Print Signature Page
You may check the status of your application at any time, but we recommend you at least check the status:

  • 1 week after submission - if you used a PIN to sign your application
  • 2-3 weeks after submission - if you printed, signed and mailed a signature page.

View and Print Your Student Aid Report
You can view your SAR once we have received all required signatures and processed your FAFSA or correction form. Note: you must have a PIN to view your SAR.

Make Corrections to a Processed FAFSA
If you find you've made a mistake after submitting your FAFSA, you will have to wait until after it has been processed to make corrections. Corrections can be made online through Corrections on the Web. Note: you must have a PIN to correct your FAFSA data online.

Add or Delete a School Code
If you want to add or remove any of the school codes that you listed on your FAFSA, you will have to wait until it has been processed. Note: you must have a PIN to add or delete school codes.

Site Last Updated: Sunday, February 15, 2009

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