What is a FAFSA transaction?

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Each time a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a correction to a Student Aid Report (SAR) is processed, a transaction number is created.

For example, when your original FAFSA is processed, transaction 01 is created and a SAR is generated. If a correction is made to the SAR, transaction 02 is created and a new SAR is generated. If another correction is made to the SAR, transaction 03 is created and a new SAR is generated.

FAFSA on the Web displays information about your latest transaction when you log in. If you want to correct a prior transaction, click View Correction History. The “Correction History” page displays information about all of your transactions and allows you to select any transaction that you want to correct.

If you receive a paper SAR in the mail, you can find the transaction number on each page of the SAR in the lower right corner, right after your randomly generated identification number.

If you print your SAR from FAFSA on the Web, you can find the transaction number in the upper right corner of the box that contains the Application Receipt Date. The transaction number will be right after your partial Social Security Number and the first two letters of your last name.

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