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Once your application has been processed, you can correct your FAFSA online or on paper. Making corrections online is the fastest and easiest option.

Most information cannot be changed on the FAFSA but some information can be updated to reflect correct information. You are unable to change your Social Security Number. Contact the schools directly.

Updates: If Your Situation Has Changed

Most information cannot be updated because it must be accurate as of the day you originally signed your FAFSA. For example, if you spent some of your savings after filing the FAFSA, you may not update your information to show a change in that amount. You should speak to the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend if there will be a significant change in your or your parent’s income for the present year or if your family has other circumstances that cannot be reported on the FAFSA.

  • What you can update: You may update your mailing address, e-mail address, and other contact information if it has changed.
  • What you can update: If you want to make your FAFSA information available to an additional school after filing the FAFSA, you may add that school’s Federal School Code.

There are certain items that you MUST update:

  • Changes to dependency status. You must update anything that changes your dependency status (for instance, you are now pregnant or are now in legal guardianship) except a change in your marital status. If your marital status changes, you must speak to the financial aid office to determine whether you may update the FAFSA.
  • Selected for verification due to changes in household members. If (and only if) you are selected for verification, you must update your FAFSA if there is a change in the number of family members in your parents’ household or in your household. If the number of family members changes as a result of a change in your (the student’s) marital status, you must speak to the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend to determine whether you may update the FAFSA.
  • Update if the number of college students in household changes. If (and only if) you are selected for verification, you must update your FAFSA if there is a change in the number of people in your parents’ household who are in college or the number of people in your household who are in college. If the number of people in college changes as a result of a change in your (the student’s) marital status, you must speak to the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend to determine whether you may update the FAFSA.

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