Financial Aid

Student Aid Report

After you submit your FAFSA, you’ll get a Student Aid Report (SAR) in 3-14 days that summarizes the information you provided on your FAFSA. The SAR document gives you some basic information about your eligibility for federal student aid as well as listing your answers to the questions on your FAFSA. Review your Student Aid Report carefully to make sure the information is correct and complete.

If you provided an email address when you completed your FAFSA, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access and print your report. Otherwise, you will receive the SAR via postal mail.

If your application is complete, an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will display in the upper right-hand corner of your SAR. If your application is incomplete, your SAR will not include an EFC, but it will tell you what you need to do to resolve any issues. 

If you listed WSSU on your FAFSA, WSSU will use your information to determine your eligibility for federal—and possibly non-federal—financial aid. WSSU may ask you to verify the accuracy of the data you provide on the FAFSA, so you need to be sure the information is correct.

If you don’t have any changes to make to the information listed on your SAR, just keep it for your records.

The SAR also contains a four-digit Data Release Number (DRN), which appears on the first page in the upper right corner of the paper SAR and SAR Acknowledgement. The DRN is located in the box that contains the Application Receipt date, below the EFC. You will need the DRN if you choose to allow your college to change certain information on your FAFSA.  

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

Your Expected Family Contribution is an amount calculated from information that was provided in your FAFSA. Your EFC is an estimate of the maximum amount that your family should be able to afford to pay towards your education for the academic year. Your EFC is subtracted from your COA to determine the amount of your financial need.

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