To be considered for a Susan T. Buffett Scholarship, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). The 2019-2020 FAFSA is available October 1st, and you must receive your 2019-2020 SAR and upload it to the scholarship application prior to the February 1st 5 pm CST/4 pm MST deadline.
To complete the FAFSA online, you need an FSA ID. If you are a dependent student, you and a parent/guardian each need an FSA ID. Please visit FSAid.ed.gov.
The FAFSA is available at studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa. For the 2019-2020 FAFSA, you and/or your parent/guardian(s) must use 2017 taxes. The FAFSA usually processes in 3 to 5 days, but can vary at peak times. To check the status of your FAFSA, return to studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa and log in as a returning user.
Once the government processes your FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). This is the report that is sent to colleges and you must download and attach it to the scholarship application. Only the 2019-2020 SAR is accepted. We will NOT accept a copy of your application information, nor will we accept a copy of your submission confirmation.
If you completed the FAFSA online, you will receive a notification email that your SAR is available. Go to studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa, log in as a returning user, and select "View Your Student Aid Report." Then save the SAR as a PDF.
If you completed a PDF or paper FAFSA, you will receive a paper copy of your SAR in the mail. NOTE: Receiving the SAR in the mail takes longer, so plan in advance. You must scan the paper SAR and save it as a PDF.
Login to your scholarship application, go to the Student Aid Report page, and upload the SAR PDF file. Then you must submit the entire application by February 1st 5 pm CST/4 pm MST.
The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation responds to questions about college scholarships only. The Foundation does not respond to other inquiries.
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