You have completed your FAFSA – now what? | 03.11.10

Posted in FAFSA By Student Loan Network Staff

Hopefully by now you have sent in your FAFSA form. If you haven’t, you might want to get on that. While the federal deadline is June 30, many states require the FAFSA to be sent in much earlier. Check here for a list of state deadlines. Also, check with your financial aid office because many universities have their own FAFSA deadline, separate from the state.

Now the rest of you are probably wondering, what now?

First, take a deep breath. The FAFSA is a very detailed, involved form, and can be grueling to get through. Hopefully, you used our line-by-line guide to the FAFSA. Just remember the light at the end of the tunnel – college!

Second, Federal Student Aid will process your application and send you a Student Aid Report (SAR). An electronic copy of your SAR is sent to the school(s) you’ve listed on your FAFSA. This is an important time. You can review your report and look for any errors. If you need to make any changes to your status, or to add a new school code, now is the time.

Finally, you must apply for a PIN. Your PIN is your key to a number of sites that can help you access your financial aid. You can make payments, check the status of a payment and make key changes down the road, if necessary. You can apply for a PIN here. Remember to keep your PIN in a safe place and don’t give it out to anyone.

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One Response to “You have completed your FAFSA – now what?”

  1. Dan says on March 15, 2010 at 2:01 pm:

    Thanks, Justin, this article is a really great overview of the next steps in the FAFSA and financial aid process. A group called Learn More Indiana made a series of helpful videos dealing with financial aid, and one of these videos is called "After Submitting the FAFSA". This video, as well as additional FAFSA and financial information can be found at


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