FAFSA Processing

Processing the FAFSA

The FAFSA has been completed and submitted to the Department of Education, what now?

The speed processing of the FAFSA depends on whether an electronic pin was used to process the FAFSA or if the student printed and mailed a signature page.

If an electronic pin was used, then processing takes roughly one week

If the signature page was printed and mailed, the processing takes between two and three weeks.

Once the FAFSA has been processed, the student will be mailed a Student Aid Report, which also includes an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC).


The EFC is a preliminary estimate based on the information you provided on your application. It is subject to change based upon your school's verification of information you provided. The EFC is used to determine your eligibility for federal student aid. Many schools have their own methodology to determine your family contribution and financial need. You will receive an official EFC on your Student Aid Report (SAR) based on the processing results of your FAFSA.

The Student Aid Report will be made available to the schools that have been listed on the FAFSA.


You can make corrections to your FAFSA via the Corrections Page of the FAFSA website.