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Frequently Asked Questions - What is a SAR?

The SAR is the Student Aid Report.  It is the acknowledgement document that you receive from the federal processor that your FAFSA has been received and processed.  The SAR contains a summary of the responses you provided on the FAFSA as well as your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).  Your EFC will be used to help determine what financial aid programs you may be eligible for.  Be sure to review your SAR for accuracy.

Depending on which method you used to submit the form, you should receive your SAR from the federal processor within two to six weeks after you submit your FAFSA. Applying online using FAFSA on the Web is the fastest way to receive your SAR.  If  you do not receive a SAR after 6 weeks, contact the U.S. Department of Education's Student Aid Programs at 1-800-4- FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) for an application status update.  You can also access your application status online if you have a PIN issued from the Department of Education


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