What happens after I submit the application?

What happens after I submit the application?

After you submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), we will send you a Student Aid Report (SAR).

  • If we have a valid e-mail address on file for you, we will send you an e-mail, within 3 to 5 days, with instructions on how to access an online copy of your SAR.

    If the e-mailed link for your SAR does not work, try this:

    • Copy the full URL link from the e-mail we sent you,
    • Paste it into the address or location line of your Web browser,
    • Hit Enter.

      TIP: Make sure you copy and paste the entire link; this may display as multiple lines in your e-mail.

  • If we do not have a valid e-mail address on file, your SAR will be mailed to you via postal mail within 7 to 10 days.
  • The colleges that you listed on your FAFSA will have access to your information electronically one day after it is processed. However, depending on their own process and workload, they might not retrieve your information immediately.
  • If your application is complete, an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will display on your SAR. If your application is incomplete, your SAR will not include an EFC, but it will display text that specifies any issues that need to be resolved.
  • If your FAFSA is incomplete:

    • Make corrections to your FAFSA by clicking Log In on the home page to log in to fafsa.gov using your FSA ID. Click Make FAFSA Corrections, and add or correct the information that caused your FAFSA to be incomplete. Submit your corrections.
    • Add or correct information on your paper SAR, sign it, and mail it to the address provided.
  • If your FAFSA is complete:
    • The EFC that displays on your SAR is a calculation based on the information that you reported on your FAFSA.
    • Your college uses the EFC to determine the amount of federal grants, work-study, and loans for which you may be eligible.
    • Your college will send you a financial aid offer that details the financial aid you are eligible to receive.

Your EFC is not the amount of money your family will have to pay for college nor is it the amount of federal student aid you will receive. It is a number used by your school to calculate the amount of federal student aid you are eligible to receive.

**Your school, your state, or Federal Student Aid may ask you to verify the accuracy of the information you provide on the FAFSA.

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