The 2020 application is closed.

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


To be considered for a Susan T. Buffett Scholarship, you must:

    1. Complete the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);

    2. Receive your 2020-2021 Student Aid Report (SAR); and

    3. Upload your 2020-2021 SAR to your scholarship application.

After you complete the FAFSA, you will receive your SAR that you must upload to the application before the February 1st 5 pm CST/4 pm MST deadline. 

The 2020-2021 FAFSA is available October 1st. It is best to complete the FAFSA early so you have enough time to get your SAR and upload it to your scholarship application before the deadline. For more information on the FAFSA, visit

Step 1: Complete the FAFSA

a. 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

b. Fill out the FAFSA:

The FAFSA is available at and on the MyStudentAid mobile app. For the 2020-2021 FAFSA, you and/or your parent/guardian must use 2018 taxes. The FAFSA usually processes in 3 to 5 days but may take longer at peak times. To check the status of your FAFSA, return to the FAFSA website and log in as a returning user.

Step 2: Receive the SAR

Once the government processes your FAFSA, you will receive a SAR. 

  • If you completed the FAFSA online, you will receive an email letting you know 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. This process will take longer so plan for more time needed. You must scan the paper SAR and save it as a PDF.

Check your SAR to make sure it contains:

  • 5 pages
  • the year 2020-2021 (only the 2020-2021 SAR will be accepted)
  • an actual number of 0 or more next to EFC (Expected Family Contribution) 
    • (If the EFC is blank or only contains a * or C, the SAR is invalid.)

Step 3: Upload the SAR

Login to your scholarship application, go to the Student Aid Report page, and upload the PDF of your SAR. You need to upload your SAR and complete the entire scholarship application by the February 1st 5 pm CST/4 pm MST deadline.


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

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