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What is the SAR, why you need to carefully review it

By Beth Ziehmer

February 28, 2017

If you completed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), you will receive a Student Aid Report, or SAR.

The SAR contains important information about financial aid:

  • It summarizes the information you provided when you completed the FAFSA.
  • It includes your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which colleges use to determine your financial aid package.

When will your SAR be ready to be retrieved?

You should notification that the SAR is ready for retrieval in:

  • one week if you completed the FAFSA online and signed it with an FSA ID,
  • two to three weeks if you completed the FAFSA online and mailed a signature page, or
  • four weeks if you mailed a paper FAFSA.

To view your SAR, log in to www.fafsa.ed.gov and select View or Print Your Student Aid Report (SAR) from the "My FAFSA" page. You also can call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (800-433-3243).

What to do?

  1. Review your SAR carefully.
  2. Provide additional information, if requested.
  3. If you find errors, follow the directions to correct the information.
  4. Keep a copy for your records.