The federal government will process your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and electronically send the results to the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships at Ohio University provided you listed us as one of the schools to receive the results of your FAFSA. You also will receive notification in the form of a Student Aid Report (SAR).
If you file your FAFSA online and provide a valid e-mail address, you will receive your SAR online. You should keep the web site of your SAR in a safe place where you will not lose it. If you file your FAFSA online and do not provide a valid e-mail address, you will receive a SAR Information Acknowledgement in the mail. If you file a paper application, you will receive a paper SAR in the mail. Regardless of how you filed, you can call 1-800-4-FEDAID (1-800-433-3243) to request a paper SAR if necessary.
You should review your SAR carefully. It will contain the information you reported on the FAFSA. If you need to make corrections to your FAFSA information, the procedure is slightly different depending upon how you filed. However, no matter how you filed, all corrections should be sent to the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships and require a student and/or parent signature.
If you filed online and provided an e-mail address, you can print the SAR from the web site, make your corrections on the printed copy, and send it to our office via mail or fax. If you file your FAFSA using the paper application, you should use the SAR you receive in the mail to make any needed corrections. Finally, if you file your FAFSA online, but do not provide a valid e-mail address, you will be sent only a SAR Information Acknowledgement. If you need to make corrections to your information, you must send us those corrections in writing or request your full SAR by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID. Remember to send the SAR with corrections and signatures to us rather than to the federal processor.
The data you put on your FAFSA is put through a needs analysis formula called the Federal Methodology. The output of this formula is called the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). You can obtain an estimate of your EFC yourself. The lower your EFC, the more financial need you will have. The lowest EFC possible is zero. In extreme cases, the EFC can go as high as 99,999 or above. For 2009-2010, a student's EFC has to be 4,617 or lower to receive a Federal Pell Grant.