Step 3: Student Aid Report (SAR) and Application Review

Within one to two weeks of submitting the FAFSA, you should receive an e-mail from the U.S. Department of Education notifying you that it has been processed and giving you a link to review the results on the web. Review your SAR carefully to make certain that all data is correct and make any necessary corrections.

If you listed Lander University on your FAFSA, the Financial Aid Office will contact you to advise you of the next steps. The correspondence you will receive from the Financial Aid Office will let you know that your FAFSA information has been received by Lander University and will advise you of any financial assistance awarded to you.

After processing, we may have to ask you for additional information, and we may request some documents that you will need to complete and return.

Students who have a financial aid record will be able to access Bearcat Web to review the status of their aid, view/print any documents we need to continue processing aid, or see their financial aid awards. We will send notifications of requirements and/or awards posted to Bearcat Web to the Lander e-mail address whenever we post an award or requirement. For prospective or new students who don't yet have a Lander e-mail address, notification will be sent through postal mail. Students will receive instructions on how to login to Bearcat Web with each notification from us.

Once all necessary documents have been received and your file is complete, you will receive an Award Notice. This Award Notice may also have some documents that you must sign and return before any aid may be awarded. For example, students who are identified as LIFE Scholars, or who are awarded the S. C. Need-Based Grant must sign an affidavit before they may actually receive these funds.