The Confusing Student Aid Report (SAR)

The Student Aid Report (SAR) is a confusing government-type report that summarizes the information that you provided on the FAFSA financial aid form. The following are some guidelines involving the SAR.

Your SAR will usually contain your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), the number used in determining your eligibility for federal student aid. Your EFC will appear in the upper right-hand portion of a paper SAR and at (or near) the top of an electronic SAR. If there is an asterisk positioned next to the EFC figure on the SAR, then the data you submitted has been selected for verification (audit). If you do not have an EFC number on your SAR, then more information may be needed from you to process your data.

If you provided an e-mail address when you applied for aid, you will receive your SAR by e-mail 3-5 days after your FAFSA has been processed. This e-mail will contain a secure link so you can access your SAR online using your FSA number. If you did not provide an e-mail address when you applied for aid, then you will receive a paper SAR by mail in 7-10 days after your FAFSA has been processed. Regardless of whether you applied online, or by paper, your financial data will automatically be sent electronically to the schools you listed on the FAFSA.

Once you receive the SAR, review it carefully to make sure it’s accurate and complete. The school(s) you’ve selected to receive your SAR will use this information to determine if you’re eligible for federal – and possibly nonfederal – student financial aid funds.

If you need to make corrections to your SAR, you can make them online using your FSA number. Go to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov and select “Make Corrections to a Processed FAFSA.”

If you received a paper SAR, make any necessary corrections on that SAR and mail it to:

Federal Student Aid Programs

PO Box 4038

Washington, DC 52243-4038

 

If you do not receive your SAR, call the federal processor at 1-800-4-FED-AID . Once your SAR is accurate and complete and you are eligible for federal student financial aid, each school will send you an Award Letter.

 

The author of this newsletter is Brock Jolly.

If you have any questions about the information contained in this newsletter, or any questions about college funding in general, please contact our office.

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