How to Correct or Update a FAFSA Form

Understanding the process for FAFSA corrections is an important aspect of being eligible for federal or non-federal aid.

For students who are unaware of how to update FAFSA documents, the allotted financial support may not be provided due to simple application errors. Checking FAFSA for corrections is part of the entire application process and students should understand when and how corrections are made to an application.

Making corrections to FAFSA is not solely for errors or mistakes. There are other reasons a FASFA form will need to be updated. For example, when a student changes the list of schools in which he or she wishes to receive federal aid from, the FASFA application will need to be changed. To find out common reasons in which corrections or updates need to be made to a FAFSA form, continue reading below.

What types of FAFSA corrections can be made?

After the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is submitted, circumstances may arise in which a student will need to update or change the FASFA form. There are four types of FAFSA changes which can be made after submitting the application, which include:

  • Corrections for when a mistake is made
  • Corrections for when a form was signed using an incorrect Social Security Number
  • Updates for when a student or family situation has changed
  • Changes to federal school codes

For each FAFSA change that is allowed, there are certain steps, which must be followed in order for the application to be properly handled.

FAFSA Corrections For Mistakes

Students who check FAFSA status and realize that mistakes have been made, there are ways to correct the application before it is sent to the various schools. For a student who needs to edit FAFSA documents, there are a few ways in which to proceed. The first way changes to a FAFSA can occur happens through the FAFSA website. A student will need to log in with his or her Federal Student Aid ID, click on the “My FAFSA Page” and then select the “Make FAFSA Corrections” option. Students can then create a save key and change the information that had been erroneous.

The second option to correct FAFSA documents is through the paper Student Aid Report (SAR) which you will mail. When a student opts out of providing an email address during the application process, he or she will receive a paper SAR form in the mail to provide an overview of the FAFSA application. In the case of an error on the SAR, a student will be able to make the corrections in the provided section of the SAR, sign it, and the mail the SAR back to the address provided.

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The final option for correcting a FAFSA application is through the school in which a student plans to attend. The student can check with the financial aid office at the school to see if the representative from the school can make any changes electronically. It is worth noting that any tax return information that is transferred to a FAFSA form through the Internal Revenue Service Data Retrieval Tool will not be able to be changed.

How can a FAFSA correction be made?

Students should also be aware of how to make corrections to FAFSA forms when there is an error in the Social Security Number (SSN). If a student files his or her FAFSA form using an incorrect SSN there are a few ways the number can be changed:

  • Submitting a new online form – This is often the easiest and quickest option for students, however, submitting a new FAFSA form will change the date in which the form was submitted and processed.
  • Ask the financial aid office – A student can ask one of the schools listed on the Student Aid Report to change his or her SSN.
  • Change the number on the SAR – This is the least efficient method, as it can take up to three weeks for the SAR to be received in the mail and the number to be updated.

Update FAFSA If A Situation Has Changed

Correcting a FAFSA document can also occur when a student needs to make changes to their situation if something had changed between the times the FASFA was submitted and when the student will receive aid. There are certain pieces of information that cannot be changed on a FAFSA as the application must be accurate from the day the form was signed. For instance, FASFA corrections will not need to be made in regards to changes in a student’s or parent’s savings account, if money was spent after the form was signed. The type of information that must be updated include:

  • Changes to the mailing address
  • Changes to the email address
  • Contact information
  • Dependency status

If a student is selected for FAFSA verification, then he or she will need to update the FASFA with any changes in the number of family members within the household, even if the change is the result of marriage, as well as any updates to the number of people in the parent’s home who are in college. These changes to FAFSA, will not need to be reported if the student is not selected for verification.

Add School To FAFSA Form

Many students wonder, “Can you add schools after submitting FAFSA forms?” A student does have the ability to add schools to FAFSA forms as well as remove schools that are no longer of interest. If a student wants to changes the school on his or her FAFSA form, then he or she will have the option to have up to 10 schools.

The online FAFSA form will allow space for 10 schools to fit, while the FAFSA PDF will only allow four schools. Any student may log in online to the FAFSA form and add or remove the school’s federal school code at any time.

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