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Your FAFSA Is Filed, Now What?

Last updated February 15, 2024

You filed your FAFSA, but now what? Here are the six steps your FAFSA will now go through. 

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1. Submit Your FAFSA

You just completed your FAFSA- congrats!

2. Receive FAFSA Confirmation Email

You should receive email confirmation that your application was submitted. Keep in mind that you will not be able to make corrections until your FAFSA has been processed. You will know it has been processed when you receive an email letting you know your FAFSA Submission Summary is ready for review. You can also track the status by logging onto your application. It is normal for it to say “In Review” at the moment. 

3. Receive FAFSA Submission Summary

The FAFSA Submission Summary will not be available to students until early to mid March. Once your FAFSA is processed, it can take one of three paths. This will be noted on your FAFSA Submission Summary so make sure to review carefully for any follow up requirements:

  • Complete: You're good to go!
  • Verification: Take the actions outlined in your FAFSA Submission Summary or your schools to submit any required documentation.
  • Rejection/Fix Error: Take the actions outlined in your FAFSA Submission Summary to resolve any issues. Examples of issues to fix are if your application is missing a signature, you input incorrect information, or forgot to add a school. 

4. Receive Student Aid Index

If your FAFSA has no errors, your Student Aid Index (SAI) will appear on your FAFSA Submission Summary. 

5. The Schools Listed on Your FAFSA will Review your SAI

After your FAFSA has been processed, the schools you listed on your application will have access to your FAFSA Submission Summary in the middle of March. They'll use your SAI and financial information to determine how much aid you're eligible for. You can expect financial aid offer letters in early to mid April. Keep an eye on your email! 

6. Receive Your Financial Aid Offer Letter

Schools you are admitted to will send you a financial aid offer letter, detailing all the aid they are offering you. Use this information to compare offers from different schools. Make sure you talk with your family or trusted adult to help you make a decision. 

Have a question about the FAFSA process? Text #FAFSA to 33-55-77 to chat with one of our advisors. If you're using a mobile device, click here to have the text message set up for you!

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