2019-2020 Tutorial: The FAFSA in 7 Easy Steps
Student Aid Report (SAR)
Wondering how to file the 2019-2020 FAFSA? Our 7 step tutorial will walk you through filing the FAFSA via web, mobile, or paper.
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.
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.