What happens after you submit the FAFSA
After you submit the FAFSA, the government will send you a Student Aid Report (SAR), which gives you basic information about your eligibility for federal student aid.
The colleges you included on your FAFSA will have access to this information, and they'll use it to determine the amount of federal student loans, grants, and work-study you may qualify for.
The colleges you’re accepted to will send you a financial aid offer detailing the financial aid you are eligible to receive—including federal student loans, grants, and work-study.
The amount of federal aid you receive from each school can vary, just as the cost of attending each school varies.