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How do you check the status of a FAFSA application online?

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To check the status of a FAFSA status online, visit FAFSA.ed.gov and click the Login button on the home page. FAFSA status is shown on the My FAFSA page, and is available once a FAFSA application is started.

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Contact the college or university financial aid office after applying to check on the status of financial aid disbursements. FAFSA applications filed online can be viewed in the online account three to five business days after filing. FAFSA applications filed by mail can be viewed online after seven to 10 business days. If a valid email address is provided on the FAFSA application, expect an email confirmation about FAFSA status. If an email address is not provided, expect a confirmation by mail. College and university time lines for financial aid may vary from the FAFSA schedule, so notify the financial aid office of expected funds.

FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid and is a form the U.S. Department of Education uses to calculate the expected family contribution for undergraduate and graduate students. This assessment of need is based on financial information such as income and assets. Certain circumstances may also require financial information from an applicant's parent or guardian.

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