At one point I was told that simply listing a school on your FAFSA application does not mean the school will automatically be sent your SAR. They have to request your SAR before you take them off your list. I do not believe this to be true. Can anyone confirm?
I hope that is not true...anyone have any evidence either way?
I contacted one of my schools to check on the status of my application. I asked if they had received my SAR (2 weeks passed since I filed the FAFSA). Their response: "The main campus office has not begun the process of downloading FAFSA information for 2007-2008; check back in a couple of weeks."
Their response lends support to the idea that the school does not automatically recieve your SAR when you submit the FAFSA. Anyone else have any firsthand info?
More quotes from the FAFSA website:http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/faq006.htm
"Any school(s) you have listed on your FAFSA can request a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) electronically once your application has been processed."http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/faq014.htm
"If I want to apply to more than six schools, what do I do?
Submit your application with the first six schools listed. After your application is processed and you receive your Student Aid Report (SAR), go to the FAFSA on the Web home page and select "Make Corrections to a Processed Application" under the FAFSA Follow-up sections. Add up to six additional schoools on your application.
Note: You may have to remove some schools from your application to add new ones."
The "note" is very strange.
The University of Arizona seems to indicate that schools will not get your SAR if you remove the school and the schools hasn't obtained your SAR yet.http://www.law.arizona.edu/Finaid/howtoapply.htm
"File an online correction adding The University of Arizona to numbers 86 to 96 of the FAFSA if the institution is not already listed. Please assure that the school being removed has already received your information
Ok, I finally got through to a customer service rep at the Federal Student Aid processing center, and the rep told me that you don't have to worry about schools not receiving your FAFSA if you remove the first six schools. Even though you don't see them online, they are there. Your list of schools is stored in a database, and each school then goes to the website and downloads your SAR at its leisure.