How to make corrections to my FAFSA after submitting it?

Wrong information on your FAFSA can cost you your financial aid, but the good news is that it is not too late to be making your corrections. This includes correcting or updating information. 

More information on FAFSA:

How can you correct a mistake on FAFSA?

If you entered incorrect information on your FAFSA from the day you signed it, then you can correct certain mistakes in your information.  But there are a few things you cannot make changes to:
  • Your Social Security Number (SSN)
If your SSN is incorrect you will have to submit a completely new online FAFSA form with your correct SSN.
  • Your financial information
Your financial information cannot be changed unless it was incorrect from the day your FAFSA was submitted. 
  • Your marital status
No changes can be made to your marital status unless it was incorrect from the day your FAFSA was submitted. 

What to update if your situation has changed?

Some information cannot be updated because it needs to be correct from the day you signed the FAFSA form. You can update information like your postal address, email address and contact information.

But the following information is required to be updated at all times:

  • Changes in your dependency status except marital status changes. 
You are required to update dependency information, for example if you are now pregnant or have a legal guardian. If you need to make changes to your marital status you have to get into contact with the financial aid office at your school to find out whether you can update your FAFSA form. 
  • Changes in the number of people in your parents’ household or your household.
This step is only necessary if you have been selected for verification. If the number of family members changes as a result of your marital status then you need to get in touch with the financial aid office at your school.  
  • Changes in the number of people in your parents’ household or your household that are attending college.
This is required only if you are selected for verification. If the number of people attending college changes as a result of your marital status then you need to get in touch with the financial aid office at your school. 

How to make corrections to your FAFSA after submitting?

You can easily make changes to your FAFSA using one of the methods below: 
  • FAFSA Corrections Online
Making changes to your FAFSA on the internet is one of the fastest and most convenient ways to update your application. Make sure you have your personal FSA ID on hand.
  1. Go to fafsa.gov
  2. Log in and enter your FSA ID.
  3. On the “My FAFSA” page, click “Make FAFSA Corrections”.
  4. Create a save key.
  5. Correct or update your information.
  6. Submit your new information, and you are done.  
  • FAFSA Corrections via Paper
You need to request a form to correct or update information on your paper Student Aid Report (SAR). After making your corrections, sign the form and mail it to the address on the SAR. 
  • FAFSA Corrections via Phone
Phone the Federal Student Aid Information Center on 1-800-433-3243 to update your mailing address or add a college to your FAFSA. (Keep in mind that you cannot have more than 10 schools listed on your FAFSA form at once.) Be sure to have your 4-digit Data Release Number (DRN) on hand. You can find your DRN on the top right corner of your SAR.  

How long will it take my school to receive my FAFSA corrections?

Once your updated FAFSA is submitted you will receive a confirmation number. Usually FAFSA corrections are processed within 3 to 5 days. After FAFSA updates your corrections you will receive a new Student Aid Report (SAR).  In the rare case where you are unable to update or correct information on your FAFSA, contact your school’s Financial Aid Office for help. 

Conclusion

We hope that we have helped answer some of your questions and concerns regarding making FAFSA corrections. Remember to try your best to provide accurate information on your FAFSA. If you’ve made a mistake it’s no big deal-just make your corrections as soon as possible because it does impact your financial aid eligibility.

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