It typically takes 3-5 days to process a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that was submitted online using FAFSA on the Web. A paper FAFSA is processed within 7-10 days from the date it was mailed.

If you provided a valid e-mail address on your FAFSA, you will receive an e-mail notification that includes a link to your electronic Student Aid Report (SAR) at FAFSA on the Web. If you did not provide a valid e-mail address, the Social Security Number you included in your FAFSA did not match the one on file for you with the Social Security Administration, or you did not sign your FAFSA, then you will receive a paper SAR through postal mail.

You can check FAFSA on the Web to see if your application was processed, even if you did not submit the application online.

Note: Colleges have access to your information one day after it is processed, but each college has its own process and timeframes for accessing FAFSA information. Check with your college’s financial aid office to see if there are additional requirements for receiving financial aid.