What is a Data Release Number (DRN)?

What is a Data Release Number (DRN)?

A Data Release Number (DRN) is a four-digit number assigned to your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA?) form by the U.S. Department of Education. It is printed on the upper right corner of the paper Student Aid Report (SAR), in the upper right corner on the electronic SAR, and on your confirmation page.

Image of the first page of the SAR with the DRN highlighted

The DRN can be provided to a customer service representative to make certain changes to your FAFSA information. These changes include permanent mailing address, email address, phone number, school code, and housing plan.

You shouldn’t give your DRN to anyone unless that person is a financial aid administrator or customer service representative and you’re either adding colleges or changing data on your FAFSA form.

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