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What is a SAR (Student Aid Report)?



SAR stands for Student Aid Report. You, along with any colleges you list on the FAFSA, will receive the SAR typically within one to five business days of the Department of Education (ED) receiving your FAFSA application and signatures. If you use our service, we will prepare and file your FAFSA application, but you must send your signatures directly to the ED with 14 days for the ED to process your filing. We will send you instructions on how to do that.

The SAR serves as your proof that your filed FAFSA application has been processed. It will provide the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number that the ED has calculated for you. The ED and other aid providers will then use that EFC number along with other data to determine your financial aid.

Information on the specific financial 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 and accepted your request for admission.


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