|There are four ways to
submit your completed FAFSA:
on the Web
FAFSA on the Web is a free U.S. Department of Education
Web site where you can complete and submit your FAFSA
FAFSA Express is a free software program that allows
you to apply for federal student aid from your home
computer or from a computer at a central location such
as high school, postsecondary school, public library,
or local Educational Opportunity Center that uses FAFSA
Express. FAFSA Express can be used only on a personal
computer equipped with a modem. If you wish to apply
using FAFSA Express, you can order diskettes at 800-801-0576
or download a copy of the software program from the
Department of Education's web site.
Your school may be able to submit your FAFSA electronically.
Contact the school’s financial aid office to inquire
about submitting your FAFSA electronically.
|| Paper FAFSA
The paper FAFSA should be available after mid-November
of each year. You can obtain a paper version of the
FAFSA from your high school, financial aid office at
any college or university, public library, or the Federal
Student Aid Information Center by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID
(1-800-433-3243). If you apply by mail, send your completed
application in the envelope provided within the application
packet. By using this envelope will ensure that your
application reaches the correct address.
What happens after submitting your completed FAFSA
Once your FAFSA has been received and processed by the federal
processor, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) within
48 hours of filing on the web or 4-6 weeks if filing a paper
FAFSA. The SAR summarizes the information you provided on
the FAFSA in which the processor reviewed, analyzed, and calculated
your Expected Family Contribution. This figure will serve
as a guideline to determine your eligibility for federal,
state, and institutional aid.
When you receive your SAR, you must review it carefully for
accuracy and correct any discrepancies. If any changes or
corrections to your SAR are necessary, promptly submit your
corrections online or by mail. If your FAFSA was completed
without any problems, your EFC will be printed above your
Data Release Number (DRN) in the upper right hand corner.
If it has been more than four weeks since you submitted your
application and you have not received anything, you can check
on the status of your application through the FAFSA
on the Web
(even if you did not apply using FAFSA on the
Web), or by contacting the Federal Student Aid Information
Center at 800-4-FED-AID (800-433-3243) or 800-730-8913 (TTY)
for the hearing impaired.
Your SAR will also be mailed to each of the financial aid
offices of the colleges and universities that you listed on
the FAFSA. Each school’s financial aid office will take
the information provided on the SAR to estimate your financial
need and determine your eligibility for federal and institutional