Once your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSASM) has been processed, you may make certain types of changes to it.

Learn what types of corrections and updates you may make and how to make them.

Correcting or Updating Your FAFSA

Most of the questions on the FAFSASM want to know your situation as of the day you sign the FAFSA. However, there are some instances in which you’ll want to (or be required to) change the information you reported.

What kinds of changes can I make to my FAFSASM once it’s been processed?
     Corrections: If You Made a Mistake
     Updates: If Your Situation Has Changed
     Changes to Federal School Codes: If You Want to Add or Delete a School
How do I make changes to my FAFSASM?


What kinds of changes can I make to my FAFSASM once it’s been processed?

Corrections: If You Made a Mistake 

If you made a mistake in what you reported on the FAFSA, you’ll need to make a correction.

Note: FAFSA on the Web doesn’t allow you to change your Social Security number (SSN). If you made a mistake in reporting your SSN, ask the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend whether you should start over again and submit a new FAFSA.

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Updates: If Your Situation Has Changed

Most information cannot be updated because it must be accurate as of the day you originally signed your FAFSA. For example, if you spent some of your savings after filing the FAFSA, you may not update your information to show a change in that amount. You should speak to the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend if there will be a significant change in your or your parent’s income for the present year or if your family has other circumstances that cannot be reported on the FAFSA. 

You may update your mailing address, e-mail address, and other contact information if it has changed.

There are certain items that you must update:

  • You must update anything that changes your dependency status (for instance, you are now pregnant or are now in legal guardianship) except a change in your marital status. If your marital status changes, you must speak to the financial aid office to determine whether you may update the FAFSA.
  • If (and only if) you are selected for verification, you must update your FAFSA if there is a change in the number of family members in your parents’ household or in your household. If the number of family members changes as a result of a change in your (the student’s) marital status, you must speak to the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend to determine whether you may update the FAFSA.
  • If (and only if) you are selected for verification, you must update your FAFSA if there is a change in the number of people in your parents’ household who are in college or the number of people in your household who are in college. If the number of people in college changes as a result of a change in your (the student’s) marital status, you must speak to the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend to determine whether you may update the FAFSA.

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Changes to Federal School Codes: If You Want to Add or Delete a School

If you want to make your FAFSA information available to an additional school after filing the FAFSA, you may add that school’s Federal School Code.

Note: No more than 10 schools may be listed on your FAFSA at one time. (The paper and PDF FAFSAs have space for only four schools, while FAFSA on the Web allows 10 to be listed.) If you add an eleventh school, the new school code overwrites a previous school code. You may choose which school to replace with the new school. The school removed from the list will not have automatic access to any new information you provide after you’ve removed that school.

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How do I make changes to my FAFSASM?

      1. Click “Start Here” to log in.
      2. Click “Make FAFSA Corrections.”
      3. Enter your Federal Student Aid PIN.
      4. Change your information.
      5. Submit your new information.
  • Write in the corrections or updates on your paper Student Aid Report (SAR), sign it, and mail it to the address provided on the SAR.
  • Check with the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend; the school might be able to make changes for you electronically. 

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