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How to List More Than 10 Colleges on the FAFSA

How to List More Than 10 Colleges on the FAFSA

Most students apply for admission to ten or fewer colleges and universities. But some students feel the need to apply for more. Perhaps they are worried about getting into at least one school with a good financial aid offer.

Yet, when it is time to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA, they find space to list only ten schools. So how do you list more than ten schools on the FAFSA?

Follow these steps:

  1. Start by listing an in-state public university first. Some states require a state school to be listed first to consider the student for state grants.
  2. Next, list the colleges and universities with the earliest financial aid deadlines.
  3. Wait until you receive your Student Aid Report (SAR). This is a sign that the schools on the FAFSA have received your information. (The schools’ version of the SAR is called an ISIR, or Institutional Student Information Record.)
  4. After you receive your SAR, login to FAFSA on the Web at Delete the original list of ten schools and substitute a new list of ten colleges and universities.

Repeat this process as many times as necessary to list all of your schools, each time waiting until you receive a new SAR before listing the next batch.

It is also possible to add schools to your FAFSA by using the data release number (DRN) from your SAR. You can give the DRN to a school and they can then add itself to your FAFSA, pulling down your FAFSA data. Alternately, you can call the federal student aid information center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) and ask them to add the schools to your FAFSA. They will need your DRN to do this.

If you need to update the other information on your FAFSA, such as correcting the income information after you file your federal income tax returns, don’t worry. All of the schools that you previously listed on the FAFSA will have access to the updated information.

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