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What is a SAR (Student Aid Report)?

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A Student Aid Report – or SAR – is a summary of the information provided on a student’s FAFSA®. The SAR provides a snapshot of the student’s eligibility for financial aid.

When Will I Receive My SAR?

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You will receive your Student Aid Report within two weeks of signing and submitting your FAFSA®, depending on how you filed and what contact information you provided on the application.

If you filed online and included your email address on your FAFSA®, you will be emailed a link to your Student Aid Report within five business days. If you filed a hard copy of your FAFSA®, or didn’t provide an email address on your application, you will be mailed a paper version of your SAR within two week

What Information is in my Student Aid Report?

You will find the following information on your SAR:

Expected Family Contribution (EFC) score – This is what you and your family can be reasonably expected to contribute to your education. This is the primary number generated by the FAFSA®, and is used by your school to determine your financial need.

Data Release Number – This the code your schools will use to access your FAFSA® online. The FSA will provide the schools listed on your application with this number once your FAFSA® has been signed and processed.

Aid Eligibility Estimates – The Student Aid Report is not a financial aid offer, but it does indicate the award amounts you may be eligible. Included is an estimate of your Pell Grant and Direct Loan eligibility.

Verification Notice – If you have been selected for verification, you will be notified on your Student Aid Report. In addition to seeing an asterisk next to your EFC score, you will also receive an additional page in your report with information about your verification request.

Updating Your FAFSA®

Review your Student Aid Report to make sure everything you provided on your FAFSA® is accurate. If you discover something that needs to be updated, you will be given space on the SAR to do so.

Once you’ve completed your corrections, sign your SAR and mail it back to the address provided by the FSA.

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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


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