Review the Student Aid Report (SAR)

(Step 2 of Apply for Financial Aid)

You can check the status of your FAFSA immediately after submitting it online. You can check the status of a paper FAFSA after it has been processed (roughly 7–10 days from the date mailed). When you submit the FAFSA, the Department of Education (DOE) processes the information and creates a Student Aid Report (SAR). You will receive the SAR in one of two ways:

  • If you completed your FAFSA online and provided your email address, DOE will send you an email when your SAR is ready to be viewed. You’ll get your SAR within three days to three weeks after you submit your FAFSA. Follow the link provided to view your SAR and make any changes, if necessary.
  • If you filed a paper version of the FAFSA, or did not include an email address when filing online, DOE will send you a paper SAR. Review the SAR, make any necessary changes, and return it to DOE. If the information is accurate and no changes are necessary, you may keep the SAR for your records.

Log into your FAFSA account online to check your FAFSA and ensure that Chicago-Kent is listed on your Student Aid Report (SAR). Also, review the Department of Education's comments on your SAR and make sure there are no mistakes and if necessary make the proper corrections.You do not need to submit a copy of your SAR to our office. Our office will receive the information electronically from DOE, if you included our school code (E00773) on your FAFSA.

Expected Family Contribution

Your FAFSA will list your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Your EFC is not the amount of money you will have to pay for school, nor is it the amount of federal student aid you will receive. This number is calculated by the Department of Education based on all the data you reported on your FAFSA. Your taxed and untaxed income, assets, and benefits (such as unemployment) all could be considered in the formula. Also considered are your family size and the number of family members who will attend college or career school during the year. The EFC Formula guide shows exactly how an EFC is calculated.

Your EFC is an index number that is used to determine your eligibility for need based financial aid. Federal Work Study is the only need based financial aid award for graduate students at Chicago-Kent. Federal student loans for graduate students are not need based, this means your EFC is not an indicator of how much loan funds you are eligible to apply for.

YouTube video: After the FAFSA: What Happens Next


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