|First things' first: File that FAFSA!
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) asks for the basic information needed to determine your eligibility. for all the financial aid programs sponsored by the federal government. The FAFSA is also needed for New York State and UB aid, scholarships, and loans.
Complete and submit the FAFSA after January 1. You can get the application from a high school guidance officer or a local library. You can also file your FAFSA electronically at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Don't wait until you find out if you are accepted to UB -- file early! It's easier to complete the FAFSA after your family has completed the federal tax return. However, you may use estimated tax information and then make corrections using the Student Aid Report (SAR) form once the actual tax form is available.
The federal (Title IV) school code for the University at Buffalo is 002837.
After you complete the FAFSA, make a copy for your files and then follow the mailing instructions on this form. Please note that you must submit the FAFSA by March 1 if you with to be considered for campus-based funds, such as College Work-Study, SEOG, and Perkins and health professional loans.
Once the FAFSA is processed, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) in approximately 3 weeks. If corrections are needed, follow the instructions carefully and provide any missing or inaccurate information. You may now make any corrections to your SAR online at [this link] (you will need a copy of your PIN to use the online correction form). Or you may mail your corrected SAR to:
Federal Student Aid Programs
P.O. Box 7020
Lawrence, Kansas 66044-7020
Once the corrections are recorded, you will receive a second SAR to confirm the changes.