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FAFSA: More than 10 schools? Avoid my mistake

2blue2blue Registered User Posts: 1,604 Senior Member
I had some nervous moments today and thought I'd share my lesson learned in case it helps someone else out.

My son applied to more than 10 schools. You can only submit a maximum of 10 school requests at once on FAFSA. The requests have to be processed before you can delete schools, and then add the additional schools. Being the organized folks we are ;), we made an alphabetical list of his schools complete with school codes and went right down that list filling in the FAFSA form, submitting it for processing.


Until that form is processed you can't update the schools. Two of his schools have a Feb. 15th deadline, and the others were all Feb. 1. FAFSA is zipping right along with processing, and his form was processed in less than 24 hours. However, I was nail biting wondering if it would take longer and we would miss those last two schools' deadline. I was kicking myself for not having left the later schools till, well, later. If FAFSA is like the Common Application, things could slow down as the big deadlines draw near. So, if you have more than 10 schools, check the schools' deadlines as you fill out the form and triage. It probably won't be a problem, but your fingernails will thank you.
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Replies to: FAFSA: More than 10 schools? Avoid my mistake

  • 888888888888 Registered User Posts: 206 Junior Member
    so i can delete any of the previous ten schools i applied (after they have been processed) and those schools will still have access to my FAFSA?
  • green-aw-livesgreen-aw-lives Registered User Posts: 176 Junior Member
    yeah...I am wondering about 888888's question too...
  • kevin63138kevin63138 Registered User Posts: 545 Member
    Um I just made that mistake right before I read this thread 2blue. Literally...I just finished my FAFSA and did it alphabetically instead of by due date. D'oh!
  • smartguy907smartguy907 Registered User Posts: 118 Junior Member
    bump...how do we add more schools?
  • 888888888888 Registered User Posts: 206 Junior Member
    after you get your SAR, delete the schools you've already sent the FAFSAs and add the schools that are yet to receive them.
  • JoixJoix Registered User Posts: 52 Junior Member
    Hi - I am still confused about how to add the addtional schools. Hopefully someone can give me more clarity.

    1. First of all, I still need to update FAFSA with 2007 actual data. Is it still ok to delete the schools and add the additional schools before the updates/corrections are done?

    2. Secondly, when I went back into FAFSA to see how to delete the schools, FAFSA had a note that if you delete the school, the SAR will not be sent to any deleted school.

    (And by the way, the SAR is ready and online.)

    Oh one more thing, when we logged into on of the college account, the colleges said that they have not uploaded the SAR yet and will do so before March 1st. They also have not checked off the receipt FAFSA even though it has already been processed before their deadline. Does this mean that if they wait so long to upload the FAFSA report, and I delete them, that they will not have access to the SAR??

    Sorry for all the questions, but we are very confused about all this!

    Thanks in advance for any and all replies.
  • parent3parent3 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    It seems you can delete old schools after 3-5 days and then add new schools. Here is an excerpt of the online chat I had with a FAFSA representative:

    Parent: I want to send FAFSA to more than 10 schools.How can I know which schools have downloaded my FAFSA so that I can delete them and then add other schools online?
    I would request that up to 15 schools should be allowed without the problem of 10 school limit.
    FAFSA representative: 3-5days after you submitted it, it should be processed and ready for you to delete five of those first ten
    Parent: Can I be certain that after about 1 week I can delete the old schools and add new ones?
    FAFSA rep: yes after those 3-5days

    I wish FAFSA had put this info on their web.
  • kelsmomkelsmom Super Moderator Posts: 14,559 Super Moderator
    It doesn't matter whether or not the school has downloaded the FAFSA yet. What matters is that the transaction has processed. The school will get every transaction you send to that school code, even if they don't download until a later date.

    My suggestion to everyone is to delete ALL schools before sending to more. Schools not on the list will not receive the new transaction. You can keep track of which schools were on #1 and which were on #2. It makes it easier to do updates later on if that's necessary.
  • robotbldmomrobotbldmom Registered User Posts: 2,697 Senior Member
    How do I add more schools (after initial 10) and update tax info. Do I send to next 6 schools first (taxes not completed yet and feb 15 deadlines approaching) then update taxes for first 10 schools and again update taxes for next six schools? This is very confusing. Thanks for any help.
  • DebrunsDebruns Registered User Posts: 2,793 Senior Member
    Yes, we had our SAR and email saying my twins Fafsa was processed one day later (but this was over a week ago) I deleted the original schools and added a few more. I know that some received both because my girls have an "accepted student ID" and it is checked. There is a delete school fuction on the fafsa page where you choose what fafsa you want.
    Later, when you make corrections, using the "make corrections" function, you do the same thing When your child knows where they are going, you only have to do it for that school.
  • D'yer MakerD'yer Maker Registered User Posts: 3,421 Senior Member
    This awesome thread deserves bumping.
  • oblivi0noblivi0n Registered User Posts: 560 Member
    Bump again. Thanks for the info.
  • AlohaTMAlohaTM Registered User Posts: 261 Junior Member
    Very helpful tips. Thanks.
  • ohiobassmomohiobassmom Registered User Posts: 1,401 Senior Member
    ...and bumping for 2012, thanks for the tip.
  • CyberNareN12CyberNareN12 Registered User Posts: 109 Junior Member
    so basically you submit 10 schools, wait 3-5 days and then delete some schools and add new ones?
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