Application reopens Nov. 1, 2019

Deadline: Feb. 1 5 pm CT/4 pm MT


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 1, 2019 5 pm CST/4 pm MST deadline.

For information on the FAFSA, please visit EducationQuest at or visit the FAFSA Tools page and use the 2019-2020 links.

Step 1: Get an FSA ID

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

Step 2: Complete the FAFSA

The FAFSA is available at 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 and log in as a returning user.

Step 3: Receive the SAR

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, 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.

Step 4: Upload the SAR

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 1, 2019 5 pm CST/4 pm MST.

Email:   Telephone: (402) 943-1383

The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation responds to questions about college scholarships only. The Foundation does not respond to other inquiries.

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