How Do I Update My FAFSA?

March 22, 2013 : Tom Bennett

What happens if you submit your FAFSA and you need to make a correction? Thankfully, once it has been submitted to the federal processor, you have several options to update your FAFSA:

 1 – Online FAFSA Updates:

Online corrections are the fastest way to update your application with information from your completed tax return. With a student PIN, you can correct anything on the application except for the student’s Social Security number. If the student is a dependent, a parent PIN is required to change any parent information.  Visit

2 – Paper FAFSA Corrections:

You can correct any item on the FAFSA with the full 10-page Student Aid Report (SAR). The SAR is generated upon request by calling the Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1.800.433.3243.

3 – Phone FAFSA Corrections:

You can add a college to your FAFSA or update your mailing address by calling the Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1.800.433.3243. You will need to provide your Data Release Number (DRN) in order for them to assist you. This number can be found in the top right corner of page 1 of the SAR.

**Please note: If you need assistance with making updates, you can consult for free with a Student Aid Advisor by calling Student Financial Aid Services at 877-323-7224. 

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Once you have corrected your FAFSA, you will receive a new Student Aid Report (SAR) that reflects the changes you have made. If corrections to the financial information on your FAFSA affect your expected family contribution (EFC), that change will also be reflected on your new SAR, and your college’s financial aid administrators should adjust your financial aid award package(s) accordingly. (You will typically receive a financial aid award notice from each school to which you have been offered admission.)

Department of Education
(For online information and assistance with completing and filing your FAFSA, making corrections and checking your application status)
(For students and parents to request a Federal Student Aid PIN)

Federal Student Aid Information Center
(For information and assistance, to request a paper SAR, to check application status and to add/delete a school or change an address by phone.)

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Tom Bennett