The Student Aid Report (SAR)

Your Student Aid Report (SAR) takes all of the information from your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) and calculates your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Your EFC is what schools use to calculate how much financial aid you may be eligible to receive.

When do I receive my SAR?

Generally, you will receive your SAR within a few days if you filed your FAFSA electronically and up to four weeks if you filed through the mail. If you do not receive your SAR within the expected time frame, you can check the status online at fafsa.ed.gov or call .

Information in Your SAR

In addition to all the information from your FAFSA and your Expected Family Contribution, your SAR contains:

  • a four-digit Data Release Number (DRN) used to make changes or release your information to schools
  • graduation, retention and transfer rates of any colleges that you listed on your FAFSA
  • if eligible, any federal need-based grants
  • if any issues, instructions on how to resolve them

Review Your Student Aid Report

Carefully review your SAR and compare it with what you filed on the FAFSA. If you need to make a correction, you can:

  • Update your information online at fafsa.ed.gov
  • Make updates on your paper SAR, sign it and mail it to the address listed on the SAR
  • Check with your intended school's financial aid office to see if the school can make the change for you

Remember to keep a copy of your Student Aid Report with your other financial aid documents.

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Student Aid Report


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