FAFSA Corrections

It's not too late to fix your FAFSA

To assist you in making changes to your FAFSA, including adding additional schools, we have prepared the following “FAFSA Corrections Guide.” The guide will step you through the corrections process. It includes helpful contact information—phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and websites—that you can refer to should you require additional assistance.

How to Make Changes to Your FAFSA

Once your FAFSA has been submitted to the federal processor, you have several options for making changes (each outlined in further detail below):

  1. Online FAFSA Corrections. Online corrections are the fastest way to update your application. With a student PIN, you can correct anything on the application except for the student's social security number*. If the student is a dependent, a parent PIN is required to change any parent information.
  2. Paper FAFSA Corrections. You can correct any item on the FAFSA with a 10-page Student Aid Report (SAR). The SAR is generated upon request.
  3. Phone FAFSA Corrections. You can add a college to your FAFSA or update your mailing address by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1.800.433.3243. You will need to provide your Data Release Number (DRN) in order for them to assist you. This number can be found both on your SAR and online in your account.

* Note: If you made a mistake in entering the student's social security number, you will need to make corrections using the 10-page, paper Student Aid Report. If you made a mistake in entering your Social Security Number, or if a misspelling of the student’s last name affected the first two letters of the last name, please phone us at 1.866.514.8938 to speak with one of our Student Aid Advisors. You may need to submit a new FAFSA to avoid potential confusion, and we will guide you through this process.


Online FAFSA Corrections

After your FAFSA has been submitted to the federal processor, you can log on to the Department of Education’s website to make corrections to your FAFSA.

What will I need for online FAFSA corrections?

  • A PIN for the student (with it, you can correct anything on the application except for the student’s social security number)
  • A PIN for one parent if the student is a dependent
  • A computer with Internet access

What if I don’t have a PIN or can’t remember my PIN?

  • You can easily apply for a PIN online. Go to www.pin.ed.gov and follow the directions to apply for a PIN (if you have never had one) or request a duplicate PIN (if you have forgotten your PIN).

What steps do I follow to make online corrections?

  • Go online to https://fafsa.ed.gov/FAFSA/app/fafsa?locale=en_US
  • Login and then follow the step-by-step instructions.
  • Be sure to have a parent sign the online correction if you are a dependent and are prompted to do so. A signature is typically required when information about a parent is corrected (such as tax or financial information). The parent signature may be provided electronically with a parent PIN or by following the on-screen instructions to have the parent print, sign, and mail the signature page.
  • You must complete all steps and receive the confirmation stamp in order for your changes to be effective.


Paper FAFSA Corrections

After your FAFSA has been submitted to the federal processor, you can make corrections on a paper form that can be mailed to the Federal Student Aid Programs.

How do I request a 10-page SAR?

  • You can request one by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1.800.433.3243. When prompted, say “Application Status” and then “Paper SAR.” Continue to follow the automated voice response system to request that a 10-page Student Aid Report be mailed to you. Be sure to specify the correct school year for which you need to make corrections.
  • The 10-page SAR will arrive in the mail within 7-10 business days.

What should I do with the SAR once it arrives?

  • You will notice that the SAR contains a summary of all the information reported on your FAFSA. Next to each field, there will be an empty box for you to write in corrections. Find the items you need to correct. Write the new information in the box next to the old, incorrect information. Sign the last page of the SAR and mail it back to the P.O. Box address printed near the signature line.

Phone FAFSA Corrections

Once your FAFSA has been submitted to the federal processor, you may also make certain corrections to your FAFSA over the phone.

What information can I correct over the phone?

  • The only two corrections that can be made over the phone are adding/deleting schools and making address changes.

How do I make the corrections over the phone?

  • Call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1.800.433.3243 and request to speak with a customer service representative by saying “Customer Service” or pressing zero on your phone keypad.
  • You will need to provide the 4-digit Data Release Number (DRN) that is located on your SAR or online in your account, along with the student’s name, Social Security Number, date of birth, and address, in order to verify your identity.
  • The representative will assist you in adding/deleting a school and/or changing an address on your FAFSA over the phone.

What to Expect After You Correct Your FAFSA

Once you have corrected your FAFSA, you will receive a new Student Aid Report (SAR) that reflects the changes you have made. If corrections to the financial information on your FAFSA affected your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), that change will also be reflected on your new SAR, and your college's financial aid administrators will adjust your financial aid award package(s) accordingly. (You will typically receive a financial aid award notice from each school to which you have been offered admission.)

Getting Help with FAFSA Corrections

Student Financial Aid Services, Inc.
1.866.514.8938
clientservice@FAFSA.com
(For online and personalized information and assistance in completing your FAFSA, help with making corrections, personalized review of your FAFSA prior to filing, electronic filing of your FAFSA, and monitoring status through to completion)

Department of Education (ED)
www.fafsa.ed.gov
(For online information and assistance in completing and filing your FAFSA, making corrections, and checking your application status)
www.pin.ed.gov
(For students and parents to request a Federal Student Aid PIN)

Federal Student Aid Information Center
1.800.433.3243
(For information and assistance, to request a paper SAR, to check application status, and to add/delete a school or change an address by phone)