Along with submitting your college applications, you should have completed the FAFSA.
While filing the FAFSA, you were asked to list specific schools on your application. That school list is important. The U.S. Department of Education will only share your FAFSA information with the schools you have listed.
The FASFA isn’t only used to determine federal financial aid. It is also used by states and many schools to award state and institutional aid. Many schools participate in federal financial aid, but they can only award you those funds if you completed the FAFSA.
If there is a school you forgot to list, or there is a school you decided to apply to after you completed the FAFSA, don’t worry! It’s not uncommon for students to add or remove a school after they’ve filed the FAFSA. It’s important to update your school list if you’ve applied to additional schools, because schools need this information to determine your financial aid award.
One thing to double-check with your school list—did you list them in the correct order? Although the FAFSA doesn’t have a listing requirements, some states have requirements for state aid eligibility. To see if this is an issue you should be concerned about, double-check your state requirements on the U.S. Department of Education’s site. If you made a mistake, don’t stress! You will just need to notify your state agency.
Assuming you filed the online FAFSA, you can always log-in to your FAFSA and add or remove schools from your list. And if you’re adding a state school, just keep in mind your state may have an order preference, so you may need to notify your state agency in order to ensure your eligibility for state aid.
Note: If you filed a paper FAFSA via mail and would like to add a school, visit this page from the U.S. Department of Education to learn how to update your school list.
Chances are you’ve applied to more than one college. When you start to receive acceptance letters, you’ll begin to compare each institution to determine which one is the right fit. The right fit is not only a decision based on the academic opportunities or student life offered by each school, but should also include an evaluation of financial aid awards they are offering, as well as the total cost to attend the schools.
Schools will include your financial aid award letter for your first academic year with their acceptance package, or send it shortly thereafter. Each school will send you an award letter based on their tuition, fees, and your financial aid. Each school’s award will be different so do not assume that they will all be the same.
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