FAFSA Student Aid Report

A student will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) when he or she submits the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA SAR is an important document that students should keep record of when they receive it.

The timeframe in which a SAR for FAFSA is received will differ depending on the way in which a student elects to receive it or how he or she submitted the FAFSA application. The FAFSA Student Aid Report is important for students because it provides a necessary overview of the application that has been submitted.

For example, if a student finds an error or mistake on the SAR, then he or she will have the opportunity to correct it before the application is processed by the chosen school. To find out more about the student aid document, as well as ways in which it can be accessed, continue reading below.

What is a Student Aid Report for FAFSA?

The FAFSA Student Aid Report is a document provided to students which offers a basic overview of the eligibility for federal student aid. The FAFSA SAR will list the information that a student has provided on their application, summarizing his or her application. The reason why the Student Aid Report is an important document for students is because it will allow students to see if there were any mistakes made on the application and offer the chance for students to correct and complete and outstanding issues so that the application can be processed successfully.

What type of information is found on the SAR?

The SAR document will provide important information that a student should carefully review after submitting a FAFSA application. The type of information that the Student Aid Report contains includes the following:

  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
  • Four-digit Data Release Number (DRN)
  • Additional notes determining verification

The SAR FAFSA will need to be reviewed thoroughly, as the school will use all the information provided by the student to determine eligibility for federal and non-federal aid. When a student has errors or mistakes within a SAR report, such as an incorrect school code, he or she may lose the opportunity to receive the aid that he or she is entitled to.

How will the FAFSA SAR be processed?

There are two ways in which a SAR for FAFSA can be received—by mail or electronically. When students provide an email address on the FAFSA form, they will receive the Student Aid Report SAR online. Once a valid email is provided, the student will receive an email from FAFSA providing instructions on how to access an online copy of the SAR.

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Students who do not provide a valid email address will receive a SAR or a SAR Acknowledgement form via mail. The FAFSA Acknowledgment form is sent to students who file the application electronically but do not provide an email address. When the FAFSA report for students is sent via mail, there will be space for students to provide necessary corrections that will need to be made to the application. When a student receives the SAR Acknowledgment form, he or she will receive the paper form, but still need to make corrections online.

When will the Student Aid Report arrive?

A common concern that arises after submitting the application for FAFSA involves when the FAFSA SAR will arrive. The student aid document will be processed depending on the type of FAFSA application submitted, as well as whether or not an email address was provided at the time of the application. Students can expect a general idea of when a SAR for FAFSA will arrive below:

  • 3 to 5 days: FAFSA form submitted online and signed electronically with FSA ID.
  • 2 weeks: FAFSA form submitted online and signed by the signature page.
  • 3 to 5 days: FAFSA form submitted by the school with email link to SAR online.
  • 7 to 10 days: FAFSA form submitted by the school with paper SAR Acknowledgment.
  • 2 weeks: FAFSA PDF sent by mail with email link to online SAR.
  • 3 weeks: FAFSA PDF sent by mail with paper SAR.
  • 1 to 5 days: Corrections made through FAFSA online.
  • 7 to 10 days: Corrections made online from paper SAR Acknowledgement.

How to Access Student Aid Report Documents?

Students can access the Student Aid Report easily if they have their FSA ID handy. The FSA ID allows students and their parents to electronically identify themselves in order to access Federal Student Aid websites. The FSA ID combines a username and password that can be used to electronically access the report for student aid. Students who have access to an FSA ID can simply visit the FAFSA website, login with his or her credentials, and then print or view Student Aid Report documents from the My FAFSA Page.

Students who provided an email address during the application will be sent an email with a direct link to the SAR. Conversely, students who do not provide an email during the application, whose Social Security Number does not match what is one file through the Social Security Administration or for those who do not sign the FAFSA form, the SAR or SAR Acknowledgement will be received by mail.

What if I find an error on my Student Aid Report?

When a FAFSA SAR has an error or needs correction, students will have the opportunity to make necessary changes to the FAFSA application. The Student Aid Report will outline each answer a student provided on his or her application, which will highlight any outstanding errors that will need to be changed before the application is sent to schools for consideration. It is important for a student to understand the SAR report so that he or she can address any corrections, updates or changes that will need to be made to accurately reflect his or her situation concerning federal aid.

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