FAFSA Information

FAFSA Information
(Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

After you fill out your FAFSA application, you will receive your Student Aid Report (SAR). The response time and method vary depending whether you file online or by mail. We recommend filing online, as it is the quickest and most efficient way of applying.

The Federal Student Aid ID

All applicants for federal aid must use a FSA ID, made up of a username and password. To create a FSA ID, go to StudentAid.gov/fsaid.

Information from the Student Aid Report (SAR) that is required for the Phillips Scholarship is as follows:

1.  EFC or Expected Family Contribution
2.  Summary Information – usually in a grid format, summarizing the information you  submitted in your FAFSA application
3.  Loan Summary – this is for college students only and summarizes all Federal Loans to date
4.  College Rates – information about the retention and graduation rate for your college

12 Common FAFSA Mistakes

(and other helpful information from the Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Education)

For the most complete information regarding the FAFSA and SAR, please visit the website, http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Please note that the paper SAR that you receive if you file by mail may come in a 2 or 8 page report. Please scan all pages that you receive by mail to upload to your application. Problems? Email us at staff@spscholars.org.

View a sample electronic Student Aid Report (SAR).

To access your online SAR, follow these steps:

  • Have your FSA ID (username and password) available.
  • Go to the FAFSA home page and click “Login.”
  • Log into the system.
  • Click on the “Print” option and choose to save as a PDF file.
  • Save the entire SAR to your computer as a PDF file. It is now ready to upload to the application.

See this video for visual instructions.

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