The colleges that you listed on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will use the information you provided on your FAFSA to determine your eligibility. (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.)

However, you should note that listing a college on your FAFSA is generally not sufficient to receive aid at that college. Most colleges do not create award packages for every applicant who lists the college on a FAFSA. You should contact the financial aid office at the college you plan to attend for information about applying for aid at that college.

After you have completed the college’s application requirements and the college has determined your eligibility, the college will create a financial aid award letter for you. This letter will detail the costs of attending the college for an academic year, as well as any grants, scholarships, work-study, or loans you are eligible to receive.

Most colleges send out financial aid award letters around the same time as admission offer letters. The timing can vary from college to college, however, depending on factors such as the date that you submitted your FAFSA and the number of FAFSAs the college received.

Your college can tell you when you should expect to receive your award letter.