FAQ

I am not applying for any federal loans or grants. Why do I have to complete a FAFSA and submit a SAR?

DCTAG is a federally funded programs and therefore the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) complies with recommendations set forth by the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO). To ensure compliance with federal eligibility requirements, such as citizenship, selective service registration (for males 18 years of age and over) valid social security numbers, student loan default status, as a result, OSSE requires all applicants complete the FAFSA and provide a valid SAR.

I hand delivered a print out of my FAFSA to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and was advised that I need a Student Aid Report. Why?

After completion of the FAFSA, you will immediately be able to access a ‘Print Summary’ of the information you submitted. This is not the same document as the ‘SAR’. The ‘SAR’ documents validation by the U.S. Department of Education that the information submitted through FAFSA is accurate. Once you complete the FAFSA and it is processed by the U.S. Department of Education, a SAR will be the output document that is provided to you.

I am having difficulties with my Federal Student Aid “FSA” ID. How can I get help?

Please visit https://studentaid.ed.gov if you are having difficulties with your FSA ID. The log-in page will have links that give you the option of retrieving your FSA ID through your verified e-mail address or by successfully answering your challenge questions.

My Estimated Family Contribution ‘EFC’ has a ‘C’ after the figure. Why is this? What can I do?

A ‘C’ after your ‘Estimated Family Contribution’ (EFC) figure is a flag informing you that a correction and/or clarification is required. Your FAFSA will provide an explanation of the correction(s) needed under the section titled ‘Corrections That Need to Be Made.’ You must make the correction(s) and/or provide the clarification to FAFSA either online or by contacting FAFSA at 800-433-3243. Until the “C” Flag has been resolved, it is not a valid SAR.

Does my EFC number impact how much funding I will receive from the DCTAG?

Your EFC figure has no impact on your award priority or funding for DCTAG as DCTAG is not a need based grant. The EFC is part of the process to determine how much federal or institutional assistance you will receive from your college or university.

How is my EFC number calculated?

The U.S. Department of Education uses the information included in the FAFSA to determine the ‘Estimated Family Contribution’ (EFC). For more information, please contact FAFSA at 800-433-3243 or visit the US Department of Education’s Website, which is https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/.