Making FAFSA® corrections is as easy as logging into your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) and updating the information by clicking on “Make FAFSA® Corrections.” You can correct errors, update your mailing or email address, add schools, or submit additional information as needed.
Acceptable Changes to the FAFSA®
Most of the information listed on the FAFSA® is related to your financial and personal circumstances the day you signed the application, but there are some cases in which you will need to make corrections or add new information. When completing your FAFSA® make sure to double check that your Social Security Number (SSN) is the correct one, since you will no longer be able to change your SSN.
After you submit your FAFSA® you will receive a Student Aid Report(SAR), which will give you some information about your eligibility for federal student aid. When you receive your SAR, you may notice a mistake that requires immediate correction. Login to your FAFSA® as soon as possible and make the necessary changes. If you filed your FAFSA® with the wrong SSN, you can change that SSN by entering the correct one on the SAR or by contacting your school’s financial aid office. Your school will be able to change it for you. Otherwise, you will need to start over and submit a new FAFSA®.
If your situation has changed since completing the FAFSA®, you aren’t necessarily allowed to update the application. For instance, if you disclosed your savings amount on the FAFSA® but you’ve since spent it, you cannot go back and change the amount. Reach out to the school to discuss any significant changes to your family’s income that can affect their ability to contribute to your education.
In fact, you must update information related to your dependency status if you become pregnant or are under a new legal guardianship. You don’t necessarily have to change the FAFSA® if you’ve gotten married, but you should speak with the school’s financial aid department to see if updates are required.
If you are selected for verification and there has been a change in the number of members in your household or the number of family members attending college, you must update the FAFSA® as soon as possible. These changes are only required if the financial aid department contacts you for verification purposes, otherwise, you can leave the FAFSA® information as it is.
You can add or change schools as often as you need to, but no more than 10 schools can be listed on your application at any given time. If you’re applying to more than 10 schools, list the first 10 and wait to receive your SAR, then list additional school codes. Waiting to receive your SAR indicates that the schools have also received your FAFSA® information.
How Can I Make Changes to my FAFSA® online?
To make corrections on the FAFSA® online, you must first login using you FSA ID or your student information.
Once you login, you will see the “Make FAFSA® corrections” option on your FAFSA portal. You will then select “Make FAFSA® corrections” and it will ask you to make a save key. The save is composed of a four digit number that you and your parents can use to make corrections to the application. You can change your student demographics, school selection, dependency status, parents demographics and financial information.
To change the school(s) you included in your application, you should select “School selection summary”. You can then remove the school from your list of school or add up to 10 schools. You can add schools by clicking “Add a school”, then inserting the school’s fafsa code or searching up the school by using it’s demographics such as state, city and school name. Finally, you will select “Add” when your school shows up in the search results.
Regardless of the type of corrections you need to make, be sure to update your FAFSA® in a timely manner, as any delay can result in you not receiving aid.
The above information is intended solely for general use. While every attempt has been made to ensure its accuracy, Frank makes no representations or warranties as to the validity or completeness of any information. Frank will not be responsible for any errors or omissions in this information, or for any losses or damages arising from its use. Please seek the assistance of a professional who knows your particular situation for personal financial advice.
We are not affiliated with the U.S. Department of Education. Federal Student Aid (FSA), an office of the U.S. Department of Education, makes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form and assistance available to the public for free at fafsa.gov.