Online FAFSA Help: After You File

You’ve filed your FAFSA but you’re not done yet!

Here’s What Happens Next

Your FAFSA will be processed by the Federal Processing Center, typically within three days. You will not be able to make updates or corrections to your FAFSA during this time. Once processed, your FAFSA information will be sent to all of the schools listed on your FAFSA.

Review Your Student Aid Report

  • Your Student Aid Report (SAR) is a summary of the information you provided on your FAFSA.
  • If you provided an email address on your FAFSA, you will be sent an email with a link to your Student Aid Report once your FAFSA has been processed. Your Student Aid Report can also be found by logging in at
  • Review your Student Aid Report carefully.
  • If corrections are needed, log in to and sign in using your FSA ID (username and password).
  • If information has changed or the FAFSA data no longer reflects your current situation, contact your school.

You May be Selected for Verification

Verification is a process that requires schools to collect additional income and household information from some students. It does not mean that you did anything wrong!

Your school will let you know what documents are required.

  • • Typically, a school will want you to complete a Verification form, which is available from your school.
  • • If your school has requested a Verification of Non-Filing Letter, complete this form and send it to the address on the back of the form to request the letter from the IRS.
  • • If your school has requested a Federal Tax Transcript, click here to request the required tax transcript(s) from the IRS. If a married filing jointly tax return was filed, provide the information for the individual listed first on the tax return. Request a Return Transcript for 2016.

Make copies of required documents and send them to your school. Be sure to keep a copy of the original for your records.

Award Notifications

You’ll receive an award notification from the schools you’ve been accepted to after you have provided the required information. Be sure you understand and compare your financial aid awards carefully.