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What happens after I file my FAFSA?



After you use our service to prepare and file your FAFSA application for student financial aid, we will file your FAFSA with the US Department of Education (ED). We'll then e-mail you an update, including instructions on how to provide your required signature(s). You can also retrieve the instructions for your order by visiting the secure Sign In page. The ED's deadline for receiving your signature(s) is 14 days, so you should complete that step as soon as possible.

Approximately one to five business days after receiving your required signature(s), the ED will e-mail you a link to your Student Aid Report (SAR). Receipt of the SAR indicates that your filed FAFSA application has been processed. The ED will also send the SAR to any colleges you listed on the FAFSA. The SAR will contain the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number that the ED has calculated for you. Financial aid programs will then use that EFC number, among other factors, to determine the specific financial aid that you qualify for. Information on the aid you are eligible for, and how much of each type, will be received from your college(s) after they have received your SAR from the ED. Colleges will often wait to begin the preparation of financial aid award packages until after they have accepted your request for admission.


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