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  • I submitted my FAFSA form; what happens next?

    If you submitted your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online using FAFSA on the Web, then the U.S. Department of Education will process your application within 3-5 days. If you submitted a paper FAFSA form, your application will be processed within 7-10 days.

    Once your application is processed, you will receive a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR), which summarizes the information you provided on your FAFSA form. Review your SAR, and make sure all of the information is complete and accurate. If there is any missing or incorrect information, then you should complete or correct your FAFSA form as soon as possible.

    Once your FAFSA form is processed by Federal Student Aid, your SAR is sent to the colleges that you listed on your FAFSA form. Each college will use the information on your SAR to determine your eligibility for federal and nonfederal student aid. The colleges you listed are responsible for creating your award package and disbursing your financial aid.

    You should contact the financial aid office at the college you plan to attend to find out if there are additional requirements for receiving financial aid and to learn more about the process of applying for aid at that college.

  • How do I add a school to my FAFSA form?

    To add colleges after you have submitted your FAFSA form, go to fafsa.gov, click the Login button and enter your FSA ID. Click Make FAFSA Corrections, and then navigate to the "School Selection" page.

    To search for a college that you want to receive your information, select the state in which the college is located, and then enter the city and/or school name and click Search. Your search results will be displayed in order by best match. You can re-sort the list in alphabetical order by School Name.

    For more information on how to add or delete a school from your FAFSA form, please click here.

  • What do I do if I forgot my FSA ID username and password?

    If you have an FSA ID but do not remember your username, click the "Forgot My Username" link on the site you want to log in to, and select one of the following options:

    Option 1: Text a secure code to my mobile phone (your mobile phone must be verified to use this option).

    • Enter your mobile phone number and the month and day of your birth.
    • Enter the secure code from your mobile phone.
    • Your username is shown on screen.

    Option 2: E-mail a secure code.

    • Enter your e-mail address and the month and day of your birth.
    • Enter the secure code from your e-mail.
    • Your username is shown on screen.

    Option 3: Answer my challenge questions.

    • Answer your challenge questions correctly.
    • Your username is shown on screen.

    Click the "Forgot My Password" link on the site you want to log in to, and select one of the following options:

    Option 1: Use my username or verified e-mail address.

    • Enter your username or verified e-mail address and the month and day of your birth.
    • Select one of the three options for reset:
      • Text a secure code to my mobile phone.
      • Email a secure code.
      • Answer my challenge questions.
    • Create a new password.

    Option 2: Use my mobile phone number

    • Enter your verified mobile phone number and the month and day of your birth.
    • Select one of the three options for reset:
      • Text a secure code to my mobile phone.
      • Email a secure code.
      • Answer my challenge questions.
    • Create a new password.

    Note: The password must be between 8 to 30 characters long. You can use any combination of numbers, uppercase and lowercase letters, and/or special characters.

  • Why do I have to submit my 2016 tax and income information on my 2018-2019 FAFSA?

    The 2018-2019 FAFSA form requires 2016 tax information. This is advantageous for most students and their families because it:

    • Allows for immediate use of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer financial information for eligible applicants
    • Eliminates estimating income and tax information and reduces the need to come back and update a FAFSA form after filing taxes, and
    • Enables submitting a FAFSA form as early as October of the year before attending school.

    If your 2016 financial situation no longer reflects your current situation, speak with the financial aid office of the school that you plan to attend.

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