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):
- Online FAFSA Corrections. Online corrections are the fastest way to update your application.
With a student FSA ID (previously known as the PIN), you can correct anything on the application except for the
student's social security number*.
If the student is a dependent, a parent FSA ID is required to change any parent information.
- 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.
- 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
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?
- An FSA ID (previously known as the PIN) for the student (with it, you can correct anything on the application except
for the student’s social security number)
- An FSA ID for one parent if the student is a dependent
- A computer with Internet access
What if I don’t have an FSA ID or can’t remember my FSA ID?
- You can easily create an FSA ID online. Go to http://fsaid.ed.gov
and follow the directions under Create An FSA ID (if you have never had one) or click on Edit My FSA ID
to retrieve your username or password.
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 FSA ID 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
Getting Help with FAFSA Corrections
Student Financial Aid Services, Inc.
(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)
(For online information and assistance
in completing and filing your FAFSA, making corrections, and checking your application
(For students and parents to request an FSA ID)
Federal Student Aid Information Center
(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)