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Student Aid Report (SAR)

The Student Aid Report (SAR) summarizes all the information the applicant provided on the FAFSA.  The SAR will usually contain the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) in the upper right hand corner.

Approximately three to ten days after filing the electronic FAFSA, the applicant will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). This report is e-mailed or mailed from the federal processor. Keep this report and review it for accuracy. Corrections can be made online, using a Department of Education FSA ID, at Not all corrections are acceptable. Updates to household size, number in college, asset information, and marital status are only allowed if the answer was incorrect at the time of application. Please contact the Financial Aid Office before making any changes to these items.

Each of the schools you listed when you submitted the FAFSA will be sent an electronic copy of your SAR.  In some cases, additional information will be required.  You should watch your email and PAWS account for any requests or items on your ‘To Do’ list.  Even if additional documentation isn’t required, processing times typically take at least 3-4 weeks.  We will send you an email once your financial aid eligibility has been determined..    

Anytime corrections are made to the information on your FAFSA, the Department of Education Central Processing Center will email you a new SAR indicating that corrections have been made to your record.

After the FAFSA: What Happens Next