If you’ve completed and filed your FAFSA online, you can check the status of your application within 3-5 days. If you filed a paper FAFSA, you can only check your application status once it has been processed. Processing a paper FAFSA can take between 7-10 days.
The best way to check your FAFSA application status is to log in to your FAFSA account online or by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center’s toll-free number: 1-800-433-3243.
To check your FAFSA status, you’ll need your name, Social Security Number, date of birth, and your FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID). Once you’ve entered this information, you should be able to download your SAR (Student Aid Report) — a copy of which will also be mailed or emailed to you. Check your SAR over to make sure all your information is correct. You’ll receive final word of your student aid amounts when your award letter is mailed to you in April.
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