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The FAFSA: Things You Should Know

The FAFSA is your key to getting financial aid.

Here are some things you should know in order to be ready!

  • Fill out a FAFSA even if you think you won’t qualify for federal aid. Some schools won’t consider a student for the school’s merit scholarships until the student has submitted a FAFSA! Most scholarships require you to fill out a FAFSA!
  • If you have questions about the federal student aid programs or need assistance with the application process, call 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or the TTY for the hearing impaired, 1-800-730-8913.
  • After you submit the FAFSA, you should receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) within three days to three weeks.
  • When you receive your SAR, if corrections are needed submit them quickly. If you are asked to be verified, it will be at this point! If this happens, don’t panic it’s very common! You just need to provide the requested documentation.
  • If you’ve been asked to verify your FAFSA and don’t complete the Verification, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE FINANCIAL AID!
  • If you do not receive your SAR within three weeks of submitting your FAFSA, go to www.fafsa.gov to Check Status of a Submitted FAFSA;” or you may call 1-800-4-FED-AID.
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