Start the 2016-2017 FAFSA Tutorial: The FAFSA in 7 Easy Steps
Follow this step-by-step tutorial (with images) to learn how to fill out your FAFSA quickly and accurately to see if you're eligible for student aid.
Student Aid Report (SAR)
A few weeks after filing the FAFSA, you should receive your SAR (or SAR Acknowledgement), which summarizes information on the FAFSA, provides your EFC, and estimates your eligibility for federal grants and loans. Find out what steps to take next.
Every year, a third of all FAFSAs are selected for verification to confirm the accuracy of financial information. Learn how to reduce the odds of having your FAFSA selected for verification.
Conflicting Information on Your FAFSA
If what you reported on your FAFSA differs from other documentation (such as tax returns), your college might put a hold on your student aid funds. Find out how to correct conflicting information.
How to Read Financial Aid Award Letters
An award letter summarizes available financial aid. Learn how to read, compare, and evaluate college award letters by calculating the true cost to attend each school.
Student Filed the FAFSA But Got No Aid
About 1/4 of students who file the FAFSA do not qualify for grants. Most will still qualify for federal student loans. Learn more about other aid options, such as scholarships, college and state aid, student jobs, and private student loans.