When filling out a FAFSA form, the FAFSA signature page is the last section that applicants need to fill out. It is also one of the most important sections.
According to FAFSA guidelines, Federal Student Aid must collect the signatures of the student and the signature of his or her parent, if applicable. By doing so, both parties are verifying the information that they entered in the FAFSA form.
According to program guidelines, applicants can download the FAFSA print signature page electronically with their FSA ID. They can also print, sign, and mail the signature page after the submission of the FAFSA application. Lastly, applicants can sign by using their Student Aid Report (SAR) and returning it in the mail. No matter which way a signature page is submitted, all necessary signatures must be included. Failing to do so can result in the denial of a FAFSA application.
The easiest and fastest way to submit a student and parent FAFSA signature page is online through the official website. First, go to the FAFSA home page and log into your account with your FSA ID, if you already have one. If you do not yet have an FSA ID, you can create one right away. If you are a dependent student, your parent is going to need to use his or her FSA ID to log into your application to sign the form.
Once logged in, click the “Provide Signatures” button. The signature page is generated by the FAFSA website and includes information such as your name, address, and student ID. It also shows the type of application you completed and an identification number that is randomly generated.
After you and your parent sign, you will reach the confirmation page. Be sure to print a copy of the page as proof of your FAFSA application submission.
Note: Since parents and students only need one FSA ID, they can use the same ID each year. Parents can also use the same FSA ID to sign FAFSA forms for their other children.
If you do not want to submit your FAFSA signature electronically, you can use your FAFSA id to print, sign, and mail the signature page. First, you are going to need your FSA ID number to log into your account.
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If you are a dependent student, your parent is also going to need to print, sign, and mail the signature page, if he or she does not wish to sign electronically. Once you gather both signatures, you are going to need to mail the signature page to the below address:
Federal Student Aid Programs
P.O. Box 7654
London, KY 40742-7654
Note: Before you send off the completed signature page, you will want to double check the address on your FAFSA form, in case the address has changed.
Once the signatures are printed and mailed, the FAFSA application is complete.
If you rather not use your FAFSA parent id or student id to mail the signature page electronically, you will need a printer.
However, if you do not have a printer or an FSA ID, you can still submit your application. To do so, you will need to select the “Submit without Signature” option from within the online application and then submit the application. However, without signatures, your application is only partially processed.
If you do not have a printer, FAFSA will send you email reminders to sign your application electronically with your FSA ID, but only if you provide a valid email address. If you have an FSA ID, but you forgot your username or password, you can either retrieve your username or reset your password through the FAFSA website. Then, you would be able to follow steps to update your FAFSA and submit the missing signature, or signatures, electronically.
If you create a FAFSA id and do not provide FAFSA with a valid email address, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) in the mail within seven to ten days. Your SAR is a document that provides basic information about your eligibility for student aid. It also shows your answers to questions on your FAFSA form.
To complete your FAFSA application, you can use the SAR to process the missing signatures. Once the signatures are filled in, you will need to return the SAR by mail to complete the FAFSA application. You can also request a paper or electronic copy of your SAR by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).
Note: If you did not provide FAFSA with a valid email address, you would receive a SAR or SAR Acknowledgement by mail.
Now that you have used your FAFSA pin to sign your application, you may be wondering what terms you agree to. By signing the signature page of a FAFSA form, you are certifying that if asked, you will provide information that verifies the accuracy of your completed FAFSA application. Information that you agree to provide includes a copy of your federal or state income tax form.
If you used your FAFSA student id and the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to transfer your tax information, you are certifying that the required federal income tax information form that you filed with the IRS is true and complete as best of your judgment. You also agree to provide information that will verify the accuracy of the income tax return, if asked.
If after you submit the signature page, it is reported that you or a parent purposely and knowingly gave misleading or false information, you may face imprisonment, a fine of up to $200,000 or both.
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