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How long does it take FAFSA® to process?

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The time it takes to hear back from your FAFSA® submission can seem like ages, but you’ll be happy to know the process can be quicker than you’d think.

For an electronically filed FAFSA® signed online with an FSA ID, you’ll receive a link to your Student Aid Report (SAR) in as little as 3 to 5 days . By contrast, paper FAFSA® applications can take up to 3