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Student Aid Report (SAR)

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All About the Student Aid Report (SAR)

The Student Aid Report is a document (paper or electronic depending on how you filed the FAFSA) that gives you  basic information about your eligibility for federal student aid and shows the answers you gave to the FAFSA questions when you filled it out.

You can always view or print your SAR by logging into to your FAFSA account with your FSA ID and then clicking the  View or Print your Student Aid Report (SAR) from the “My FAFSA” page.

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How & When Will I Get the SAR?

  • Filed Electronically on FAFSA.gov

    If you filed your FAFSA online with online signatures for both you and your parents (if needed), then you’ll receive an email link to access your SAR within 3-5 days.

  • Filed Electronically with Paper Signature Page

    If you filed your FAFSA online but had to send a paper copy of the signature sheet then you’ll receive your email link to access your SAR within 2 weeks.

  • Paper FAFSA Mailed via Postal Service

    If you filed a paper version of of the FAFSA form (and included your email address) which you mailed via the US Postal Service, then you’ll get an email link to access your SAR within 2 weeks. If you didn’t include an email address you’ll get a paper version of your SAR via US mail within 3 weeks.

What Information is on the SAR?

  • If your FAFSA was complete with no errors then your SAR will include your EFC (Expected Family Contribution).
  • If your FAFSA was incomplete the EFC won’t be shown; instead you’ll have instructions on what to do to fix your FAFSA.
  • Under the EFC is a number called the “DRN”. Your school might ask for this if they’ll need to make any adjustments or changes to your FAFSA at some point.
  • It may state that your FAFSA has been randomly flagged for “Verification” which means that your school might ask you for documents or evidence to back up your FAFSA answers. It’s nothing to worry about, just a little something else for you to do.
  • Information on whether or not you’ll be eligible for federal financial aid.
  • Your responses to each of the FAFSA questions
  • Instructions on what to do next.

What do I do with the SAR?

  • You review it to make sure everything is correct. If something needs to be changed:
    • Log in to your fafsa.gov account with your FSA ID
    • Click on “My FAFSA”
    • Choose “Make FAFSA Corrections”
    • Still need help? Contact your school’s Financial Aid Office or call Federal Student Aid at 800-433-3243.
  • If no changes need to be made just keep a copy for your records by printing the SAR or saving a copy to your computer or cloud based storage.

WHEN YOU’RE DONE:

  • Click the “MARK COMPLETE” button at the bottom of this page.
  • Do that and then head over to the next topic, Financial Aid Award Letter.