I can't correct my FAFSA because my name, date of birth and/or SSN is incorrect. What should I do?

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If you filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using an incorrect Social Security Number (SSN), you have two options:

  1. You can submit a new FAFSA online with the correct SSN. In many cases, this is the easiest and fastest option. Submitting a new FAFSA will change your submitted/processed date, though, so be sure you won't miss a state or school deadline by doing so.
  2. You can correct the SSN. There are two ways to do this. You can change your SSN on a paper Student Aid Report (SAR) (see below) and mail in the correction, which takes several weeks. Or, you can ask the financial aid office at one of the colleges listed on your SAR to change it for you.

If you filed a FAFSA with a correct SSN but incorrect name or date of birth (DOB), you will not be able to make a correction online because your FAFSA information will not match your FSA ID information.

To correct your name or DOB when your SSN is correct, you can:

  1. Change your name or DOB on a paper Student Aid Report (SAR), or
  2. Ask the financial aid office at one of the colleges listed on your SAR to change it for you.

If you need a paper SAR, you can call the Federal Student Aid Information Center to request a copy be mailed to you. Refer to the Help page for contact information.

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