FAFSA®: After You Apply/Renew

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Don't give up now. You are getting closer to paying for school.

After your FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is processed, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) either by email or through the U.S. Mail (depending on how you applied and whether you provided a valid email address).

Check the Status of Your FAFSA

If you completed the FAFSA online, you can check the status in about 1 week. If you submitted a paper FAFSA, please allow 2–3 weeks before you check the status.

Read Your SAR

Review your SAR carefully for any mistakes.

Your SAR summarizes the information on your FAFSA and identifies your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The SAR helps schools determine your financial aid eligibility.

Review Your EFC

Schools use your EFC to calculate your financial need and determine what types of financial aid you are eligible to receive.

Correct Your SAR

After you review your SAR, make any required corrections and submit updates or provide additional information as necessary.

Be Prepared to Verify Your FAFSA

The U.S. Department of Education and many schools may require that you verify some of the data on your FAFSA to ensure its accuracy. Typically, financial aid is not disbursed until the verification process is complete.

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