Are you a student applying for financial aid to pay for college?
If so, you are probably getting familiar with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (or FAFSA as it is commonly referred to), which is the application that is required to receive aid from the United States government. This can be a really valuable source of financial aid, so we highly recommend that you use it!
One of the most confusing things about the FAFSA is that there are only 10 spots to list your colleges. Does this mean that you can only apply for financial aid at 10 colleges?
Absolutely not! You can apply for financial aid at any number of colleges and universities once you receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) and submit your FAFSA for your initial schools. Remember, you should list public in-state colleges first as some states will award state grants to students who enroll at one of the state’s public colleges.
Once you do all of this, here are a few ways to add more schools to the FAFSA:
- When you login to your Federal Student Aid page, you can click on ‘Make FAFSA Corrections.’ Once you do that, you can remove the current colleges listed, add additional schools, and then submit the “corrections”! We know it feels weird to remove the schools, but don’t worry–the colleges will still have the data you originally submitted!
- You can call the Federal Student Information Center and add the schools over the phone. When you call, you will need the Data Release Number (DRN) from your Student Aid Report or FAFSA confirmation page.
- There is also a paper option if you have a paper Student Aid Report. Note that you can only change up to four colleges with this option as opposed to 10 online.
And that is that!
Hopefully this makes the FAFSA application process a little bit easier!