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What To Do After You Fill Out the FAFSA or ORSAA

What To Do After You Fill Out the FAFSA or ORSAA

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  • Jan 27, 2020
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You’ve taken an important step in getting financial aid for college by filling out the FAFSA or ORSAA – congrats! However, you’re not done yet. Here’s what you need to do next.

Confirm your information is correct.

IF YOU FILLED OUT THE FAFSA

You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) that summarizes what you submitted via e-mail or regular mail. If any of the information is incorrect or incomplete, make changes as soon as possible. If you don’t have any changes, just keep it for your records. Learn more and see a sample Student Aid Report.

IF YOU FILLED OUT THE ORSAA

You can sign in online to review your information and make sure it is complete and correct. If you need to correct information or add a college, download the PDF of your application, edit and re-submit. Make sure your status says “Completed” at the end. Learn more.

Be prepared for verification.

Verification means the financial aid offices at the colleges where you have applied are required to confirm the information you provided on your financial aid form is accurate. Some colleges choose to do institutional verification for all applicants, not just the ones selected by the U.S. Department of Education. In either case, the college(s) will contact you with instructions. Learn more and stay organized throughout the verification process.

IF YOU FILLED OUT THE FAFSA

Check your Student Aid Report (SAR) to see if you have been selected for federal verification. This means you’ll need to complete additional forms for every college you’ve applied to.  Even if you aren’t selected for federal verification, you could be selected for institutional verification by one or more colleges.

IF YOU FILLED OUT THE ORSAA

There is no formal verification process. However, you could be selected for institutional verification by one or more colleges.

Fill out additional financial aid and scholarship applications.

In order to get as much as much money as possible, you may need to complete other financial aid applications, such as:

  • Oregon Promise: A state grant that helps to cover most tuition costs at any Oregon community college for recent high school and GED® graduates.
  • Other Oregon grants: Additional applications required for grants for foster youth, National Guard members, and children of public safety officers killed in the line of duty.
  • CSS Profile: In Oregon, Lewis & Clark College and Reed College require this additional application; check with out-of-state colleges to see if they require it.
  • Scholarship applications: Apply for as many scholarships as you are eligible for. Many colleges have additional scholarship applications. The OSAC scholarship application has over 600 scholarships for Oregon students with one application.