Data reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) creates a “snapshot” of the financial situation of the student’s family as of the date the application was completed. Occasionally, errors occur because wrong information is entered on the FAFSA. When this happens, the student must make corrections so that information is accurate as of the day the FAFSA was originally signed.
Applicants can make corrections to their FAFSA by:
- using the "Make FAFSA Corrections" button on the online FAFSA (the student may use this option regardless of the method originally used to file the FAFSA); or
- using a paper FAFSA Submission Summary.
Postsecondary schools can make corrections to a student's FAFSA by:
- submitting changes via the FAFSA Partner Portal (the college may use this option regardless of the method originally used by the student to file the FAFSA). The college must have signed documentation from the student contributors, as applicable.
Regardless of how they applied, students may correct any data already processed, with the exceptions of the Social Security number (SSN) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS)-related data. Corrections can be made via the online FAFSA, on the paper FAFSA Submission Summary, or by a financial aid administrator (FAA). Data transferred directly from the IRS is masked on the online FAFSA, as well as on the FAFSA Submission Summary output documents. If a correction to IRS-related data is needed, only the FAA can make the corrections via the FAFSA Partner Portal.
- Online FAFSA – Select the "Make FAFSA Corrections" button on the My FAFSA page and correct the applicable data. If dependent students change parental data, a parent must sign electronically with their own FSA ID.
- Paper FAFSA Submission Summary – Students who receive a paper FAFSA Submission Summary can make corrections or updates on it, sign it and return it to the FAFSA processor at the address provided on the document. One parent of a dependent student must also sign the FAFSA Submission Summary unless the only corrections are to the institution, the address, or the telephone number.
- FAFSA Partner Portal – An FAA at the college can make corrections and updates electronically. The college must have signed documentation from the student and/or the contributors, as applicable, for the correction(s). After the changes are processed, the school will receive an Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) and the student will receive either an e-mail with an encrypted web address to access and print their summary data or a paper FAFSA Submission Summary (if the FPS does not have the student’s e-mail address). The notification sent will be in Spanish if the application or correction record is in Spanish.
Students can add or delete school codes or change their address, e-mail address or telephone number by:
- submitting the correction electronically using the online FAFSA;
- submitting the correction on a paper FAFSA Submission Summary; or
- contacting the Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC) by phone (1-800-4-FED-AID) and providing the Data Release Number (DRN) that appears on the first page of the FAFSA Submission Summary.
For the 2024-25 academic year, the FAFSA Submission Summary lists all the Federal School Codes included on a student’s application or correction for a specific transaction. Applicants have the option to enter, update, and view up to twenty college choices via the online FAFSA. On the paper FAFSA Submission Summary, up to twenty college choices might be listed, and an additional three choices can be added by the student. FAAs will see only their school information (Federal School Code) via the FAFSA Partner Portal (FPP) and Electronic Data Exchange (EDE).
Students should be instructed to contact the Financial Aid Office at each college they designated on the FAFSA if there will be a significant change in the family’s income for the present year or other special circumstances that cannot be reported on the FAFSA or corrected on the FAFSA Submission Summary. No college is required to make the same special consideration changes made by a different college.
There are situations where the original application information may need to be changed: when errors need to be corrected; when dependency status, household size or the number in college must be updated; and when an aid administrator makes an adjustment based on professional judgment. Refer to the FSA Handbook (Application and Verification Guide, Chapter 4) to learn how to make these changes to application information.