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Reviewing Your Student Aid Report (SAR)

Make sure you receive your SAR and review it for accuracy.

A few days after submitting your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) electronically, you should receive back a Student Aid Report (SAR). The SAR identifies the amount your family can be expected to contribute to your education. It also provides a copy of the information you supplied on the FAFSA.

What to do

  • Review the SAR carefully to make sure it's accurate.

  • Correct information as needed.

  • Provide any additional information requested. You might have forgotten to include some data needed to calculate your financial need. Follow the directions to make any necessary corrections.

  • If you make corrections, return the SAR as directed.

What happens next

After you confirm the SAR's accuracy, the information from your FAFSA will be sent to various schools and colleges you chose to receive the data. If you are eligible for aid, each school will use your FAFSA information to assemble a financial aid package for you. The school will send you an award letter, notifying you of the kinds and amounts of financial aid you are eligible to receive.

Schools may require additional information from you to support or clarify the information in your SAR. Supply all needed information as soon as you can, so you don't miss out on aid you might qualify for.

Need help?

If you don't receive a SAR within four weeks after submitting your FAFSA, call (800) 443-3243 or, for the hearing impaired, (800) 730-8913.

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