Free FAFSA Guide
After you complete your financial information, it’s time to sign your document and submit it. Let’s go through the web and mobile steps.
- If you used a preparer to help you, you will need them to identify themselves. (This is rare.) They will need to provide their SSN and employer identification number.
- Review your FAFSA Summary. If you see any mistakes here, this is your opportunity to correct them!
- Signatures! You have a few options when it comes to providing your signature.
- Sign electronically with you FSA ID (fastest and recommended way)
- Print a signature page (you will need to print and mail in your signature)
- Submit without signatures (you can submit your FAFSA now without your signature, but you will need return later to sign)
If you are a dependent student, you will also need your FAFSA parent(s) to sign. They will have the same options as you. But remember, they need to use their own FSA ID, they cannot use yours.
By signing the FAFSA, the individual providing their signature certifies that all of the information on the form is correct and that they are willing to provide documentation during the verification process to prove that the information is correct.
You, as the student, certify that the financial aid funds will be used only to pay for the cost of attending an institution of higher education, that you are not in default on a federal student loan (or have made satisfactory arrangements to repay the loan), and you do not owe money back on a federal student grant (or has made satisfactory arrangements to repay the grant overpayment). You also agree to notify the school if they default on a federal student loan and that they will not receive a Federal Pell Grant for attendance at more than one school for the same period of time.
Signing the FAFSA also gives permission to release FAFSA data to the student’s state of legal residence, to the schools listed on the form and to the states in which those colleges are located.
Mailing FAFSA Materials
If you are mailing your FAFSA materials, there are new addresses for the 2019-2020 award year.
Confirmation Page and Next Steps
After the student and custodial parent sign the online FAFSA, the website will display a Confirmation Page. Print a copy of the Confirmation Page as it represents proof of the date the FAFSA was filed. The Confirmation Page will also show the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC), estimated Federal Pell Grant and Federal Stafford Loan eligibility, as well as the list of schools scheduled to receive FAFSA data.
The Confirmation Page may also be used to transfer the FAFSA information into a state’s financial aid application form. Currently, nine states allow such a transfer: California, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont.
The Confirmation Page may also be used to transfer parents' information into the FAFSA of the student’s siblings, saving some time.
Each time a student makes FAFSA on the Web corrections, a new Confirmation Page will be available which will reflect the changes.
Students should keep a copy of all forms they submit and copies of all documentation used to complete those forms.
- Print and keep a copy of the FAFSA on the Web summary before submitting data electronically.
- Print and keep a copy of the Confirmation Page after filing the FAFSA.
- Print and keep a copy of the SAR after it arrives.
You should review your electronic SAR Acknowledgment or paper Student Aid Report (SAR) which will arrive within a week or two after the FAFSA has been filed. If you provided an email, it may show up in your inbox faster. If your SAR does not arrive within three weeks, call 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or log in to www.fafsa.ed.gov to inquire about the status of the student’s FAFSA. The SAR summarizes the information the family provided on the FAFSA. Each school listed on the SAR will receive an electronic copy of the information on the SAR. Make any necessary corrections using the student’s FSA ID.
If you have been admitted to one or more colleges, you should watch for financial aid award notifications. These notifications are sometimes called financial aid award letters or packages and will list the grant, scholarship, work-study, and loan amounts the student might be eligible to receive. The award letter may arrive by email or postal mail.
A Change in your or Your Parents Financial Information
If your family’s financial circumstances have changed after you submitted your FAFSA, you shoud at each school as soon as possible to request a professional judgment review or a financial aid appeal.