After you submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form, you’ll get a Student Aid Report that summarizes the information you provided on your application.

Review your Student Aid Report carefully to make sure it’s correct and complete.

Student Aid Report

Your Student Aid Report (SAR) is a paper or electronic document that gives you some basic information about your eligibility for federal student aid as well as listing your answers to the FAFSA® questions.

How and when will I get my SAR?
What information does a SAR contain?
What am I supposed to do with my SAR?
What if I find a mistake on my SAR? 


How and when will I get my SAR?

Whether you receive your SAR online or on paper depends on whether you provide an email address on your FAFSA form.

If you provide a valid email address, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to access an online copy of your SAR.

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We encourage you to add our email address, FederalStudentAidFAFSA@cpsemail.ed.gov, to your email contact list so that your SAR notification email won’t go to your spam folder.

 

If you don't provide a valid email address on your FAFSA form, you will receive either a SAR or a SAR Acknowledgement via postal mail.

  • The SAR lists your FAFSA information and provides space for you to make corrections. You will receive a paper SAR if you file a paper FAFSA form and don’t provide an email address.
  • The SAR Acknowledgement lists your FAFSA information, but you’ll need to make any corrections at fafsa.gov. You’ll receive a SAR Acknowledgement if you file an electronic FAFSA form and don’t provide an email address.

If you have an FSA ID (username and password) and your FAFSA information has been processed, you can log in at fafsa.gov to view SAR information regardless of whether you filed the online or paper FAFSA form or provided an email address or not.

The school(s) you list on your FAFSA form will have access to your SAR data electronically within a day after it is processed.

Here’s a summary of what you’ll receive, and how soon after filing your FAFSA form, based on what type of FAFSA form you file.

Type of FAFSA form submitted

Email supplied?

Type of SAR received

When SAR arrives (at the latest)*

fafsa.gov

 

Yes

Email link to SAR information online

If FAFSA form signed with FSA ID(s): 3–5 days; if signature page used: 2 weeks

No

Paper SAR Acknowledgement

If FAFSA form signed with FSA ID(s): 7–10 days; if signature page used: 2 weeks

FAFSA form submitted by school

Yes

Email link to online SAR

3–5 days

No

Paper SAR Acknowledgement

7–10 days

Paper FAFSA form

Yes

Email link to online SAR

2 weeks

No

Paper SAR

3 weeks

Corrections at fafsa.gov

Yes

Email link to online SAR

1–5 days

 

Depending on type of changes, updated SAR may be immediately available at FAFSA site. If you don’t see your SAR immediately, wait for your email or paper version.

No

Paper SAR Acknowledgement

7–10 days

*The time frames in this table indicate how long it takes for the SAR to arrive after the FAFSA form is submitted.

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What information does a SAR contain?

If your application is complete, an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will display in the upper right-hand corner of your SAR. If your application is incomplete, your SAR will not include an EFC, but it will tell you what you need to do to resolve any issues. 

The SAR also contains a four-digit Data Release Number (DRN), which appears on the first page in the upper right corner of the paper SAR and SAR Acknowledgement. On the electronic SAR, the DRN is located in the box that contains the Application Receipt date, below the EFC. You will need the DRN if you choose to allow your college or career school to change certain information on your FAFSA form.

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What am I supposed to do with my SAR?

When you get your SAR, review it carefully to make sure it’s correct and complete. The school(s) you listed on your FAFSA form will use your information to determine your eligibility for federal—and possibly nonfederal—financial aid. A school may ask you to verify the accuracy of your FAFSA data, so you need to be sure the information is correct.

If you don’t have any changes to make to the information listed on your SAR, just keep it for your records.

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What if I find a mistake on my SAR?

If you review your SAR and find a mistake, you will need to correct or update your FAFSA form.

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