FAFSA Processing Timetable

How long will it take for your FAFSA to process?

It depends on how your FAFSA was submitted, how it was signed and if you provided a valid email address. See the chart below for an estimate:

How did you file the FAFSA?

Online

Online

Online

Online

Mail

Mail

Did you sign the FAFSA with FSA IDs?

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

Did you provide a valid email address on the FAFSA?

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

When you will receive your SAR:

3-5 days

7-10 days

2 weeks

2 weeks

2 weeks

3 weeks

Type of SAR you will receive:

Link by email

Paper SAR acknowledgement by mail

Link by email

Paper by mail

Link by email

Paper by mail


After processing, you receive your Student Aid Report (SAR), which summarizes the information you provided on your FAFSA, and HESC and the colleges listed on your FAFSA receive this information in the form of an Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) in electronic format.

If you don’t receive your SAR within the estimated timeframe, you can check on the status by logging in at FAFSA.ed.gov with your FSA ID, name, Social Security Number, and date of birth, or by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC) at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).

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