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Fafsa.ed.gov Server Status Check
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Federal Student AidWebsite Name:
fafsa.ed.gov/FAFSA/app/fafsa…URL Checked:
Response Time:
Last Down:
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Federal Student Aid Website Status History
Fafsa.ed.gov server report and response time

The above graph displays service status activity for Fafsa.ed.gov over the last 10 automatic checks. The blue bar displays the response time, which is better when smaller. If no bar is displayed for a specific time it means that the service was down and the site was offline.

Service Status History

DateTimePing Time DateTimePing Time
06.Dec.2016
04:401521.98 ms. 
06.Dec.2016
07:232524.09 ms.
06.Dec.2016
19:470 ms. 
06.Dec.2016
22:441518.27 ms.
07.Dec.2016
00:501529.24 ms. 
07.Dec.2016
03:561521.02 ms.
07.Dec.2016
17:091516.83 ms. 
07.Dec.2016
21:331521.51 ms.
08.Dec.2016
01:042522.54 ms. 
08.Dec.2016
05:0967.13 ms. 

* Times displayed are PT, Pacific Time (UTC/GMT 0)  |  Current server time is 11:54

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Having Problems with Accessing Fafsa.ed.gov?
▼ LAST 6 MONTHS ...
Yolie Jackson · 14 August 2016 - 15:49
· · Internet Explorer 11.0 on Windows

Its down until 4:40PM EST

Christopher McAleese · 11 August 2016 - 18:49
· · Chrome 52.0 on Windows

Get a message "unable to process at this time. Try again later." Whats is going on....is it something I am doing or just heavy traffic volume?

Anastasia Beaverhausen · 2 August 2016 - 16:27
· · Safari 9.0 on iPhone

It won't let me edit the info that was put in incorrectly . You have a serious problem on your website but your rude customer service won't help you and they say they don't have a supervisor . Lue much ??

Rick Hands · 21 July 2016 - 14:13
· · Internet Explorer 11.0 on Windows

FAFSA site has been down for 2 days now. Have talked to them and they do not know when their "technical problem" will be fixed.

Jeffrey Emanuel · 21 July 2016 - 00:38
· · Chrome 51.0 on Windows

R.I.P. Fafsa.ed.gov

Scott Blomquist · 21 July 2016 - 00:25
· · Chrome 51.0 on Windows

Its down again

Crys Riches · 21 July 2016 - 00:11
· · Chrome 51.0 on Windows

The site won't let us log in, but shows an error message:

"FAFSA on the Web is currently unavailable, and we apologize for the inconvenience. In some cases you can resolve this situation by refreshing or restarting your browser. If you have further questions, contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center

Error from: https://fafsa.ed.gov/FAFSA/app/fafsa?locale=en_US
Reference ID: 0.9e269c41.1469059743.8c48f2f "

Walter Meck · 9 July 2016 - 15:37
· · Chrome 51.0 on Windows

site is down - why?

Nattakarn Osborne · 9 July 2016 - 03:56
· · Chrome 51.0 on Mac

This site can’t be reached

fsaid.ed.gov’s server DNS address could not be found.
DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN

Ashlee Meile · 23 June 2016 - 20:12
· · Chrome 51.0 on Windows

I cant sign my fasfa electronically. It says that there is a system error and to try again later? What gives? I see that someone else has had this problem on here. I can login on the main page under my FSA ID and it work but then it wants me to start a new fadfa. If i login under student information it has my fasfa processed but missing signatures. I then put my FSA ID in and now it wont work. System Error. Anyone please help...

▼ MORE THAN 6 MONTHS AGO ...
Nancy Henry Kerlinger · 16 May 2016 - 20:09
· · Chrome 50.0 on Windows

I can only get so far on the FASFA website and when I go to sign and submit I get an error that says there is an error. This has been happening for DAYS.... It's frustrating as anythign because trying to complete the FASFA is NOT the only I have to do!

Mara V. Olivas-Greene · 2 May 2016 - 09:45
· · Firefox 45.0 on Mac

DNS server could not be found!! I'e tried everything suggested above and still the site seems to be UNREACHABLE!!!!

David Diaz · 10 April 2016 - 14:40
· · Chrome 49.0 on Windows

"Due to scheduled site maintenance, FAFSA on the Web will be unavailable every Sunday from 3 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Eastern Time). We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause."

Arnold Chris Rottier · 27 March 2016 - 12:38
· · Chrome 49.0 on Windows

We keep getting this notice The following error(s) have occurred:
Because of a system error, you cannot use your FSA ID to login to FAFSA on the Web. Try again later.

Lori Brown Clapper · 27 March 2016 - 09:25
· · Chrome 49.0 on Windows

Can't sign electronically, won't let me print the signature page . . . what is going ON!?!?!?!?

Mary Roberts · 20 March 2016 - 03:25
· · Chrome 49.0 on Windows

so after 6 hours messing around with this awful system, i get to the electronic signature page and it zaps me off!!! it will not accept usernames or passwords that i have established, keeps rejecting information. horrible and frustrating

Lynne Tagawa · 15 March 2016 - 21:34
· · Chrome 49.0 on Mac

able to fill out fafsa, just can't get help to obtain lost password. Keep getting error message. There's nothing I can do to submit this thing!!!!

Gabriella Marshall-Mackin · 12 March 2016 - 18:29
· · Internet Explorer 11.0 on Windows

Unable to get into the site to make changes. Can get in to the first part but now keeps saying that that you can't make changes.

Tonya Woody · 8 March 2016 - 16:45
· · Internet Explorer 11.0 on Windows

Fafsa on the web is still not letting me make corrections after logging in. This has to be the dumbest system ever. does tech support even exist

Jerrontay Jackson · 7 March 2016 - 21:57
· · Chrome 48.0 on Windows

IS ANYONE GETTING AN ERROR MSG AFTER LOGGING IN AND ATTEMPTIMG TO MAKE CORRECTIONS

Tonya Woody · 7 March 2016 - 02:10
· · Chrome 46.0 on Windows

Does anyone know a num for tech support to see if they have any idea wth they are doing

Craig E. Szymanski · 7 March 2016 - 01:21
· · Firefox 44.0 on Mac

@Tonya Woody
I was able to login by entering the "student information" instead of the FSA ID that they made us create. Of course then I had to wait a couple hours and it did finally work. I did sent tech support and email and their reply was useless.

Tonya Woody · 7 March 2016 - 01:07
· · Chrome 46.0 on Windows

this is the worst mess Ive seen before I am still not able to log in the error msg is still popping up. Did the tech support quit

Tonya Woody · 7 March 2016 - 01:03
· · Chrome 46.0 on Windows

have u been able to speak w anyone that a clear answer

Craig E. Szymanski · 6 March 2016 - 15:03
· · Firefox 44.0 on Mac

After you login with your FSA ID all I get is this error no matter what browser I use and how many times I clear the cache/cookies...
The following error(s) have occurred: Because of a system error, you (the student) cannot use your FSA ID to correct your FAFSA. Try again later.

Tonya Woody · 6 March 2016 - 01:36
· · Chrome 46.0 on Windows

why is the system saying its up but I been getting the error msg.....since thurs

Richard Langer · 15 February 2016 - 16:12
· · Chrome 48.0 on Windows

no option to login as the parent? Get emails to login and finish, but only option when i get to the page is start new?

Brayant Luis · 11 February 2016 - 18:28
· · Internet Explorer 10.0 on Windows

ive been trying to do the data retrieval tool for months now and I keep getting this error "FAFSA on the Web has encountered an error. This could be due to normal maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Click Return To Home Page to return to the FAFSA on the Web main page.

If you have a saved application on file you may Login to continue working on it. A saved application remains on file for 45 days or until the federal application/correction deadline date has passed. You may click Check FAFSA Deadline Dates to determine if the federal application/correction deadline date has passed.

If you have further questions, view available Help options for assistance.

For added security, we recommend that you exit your browser completely when you are finished using FAFSA on the Web. Click this link for further details. You may also want to consider clearing your browser's cache and deleting any temporary files. "

April Harkness · 7 February 2016 - 15:15
· · Chrome 48.0 on Windows

ol I see in small print that Fafsa is down today for maintance! UGH!!

David Forsthoffer · 7 February 2016 - 14:56
· · Chrome 48.0 on Windows

wow - that is small print! Why don't they put the status where you can see it? And Sunday mornings until 11 am? This is the time I commit to getting paper work and stuff like this done...ugh.

Katrina Dyrby · 7 February 2016 - 14:54
· · Internet Explorer 10.0 on Windows

system is down, cant sign, submit

David Forsthoffer · 7 February 2016 - 14:51
· · Chrome 48.0 on Windows

Because of a system error, you (the student) cannot use your FSA ID to renew your FAFSA. Try again later.

Jennifer Laszlo Willyard · 7 February 2016 - 13:49
· · Chrome 48.0 on Windows

No, but I did look at the website homepage and in small print is an advisory that the website is down on Sunday's until 11 AM EST. Lovely.

David Scott Raimist · 7 February 2016 - 13:44
· · Safari 9.0.3 on Mac

Getting same message today (2/7). Was it ever resolved for you?

David Scott Raimist · 7 February 2016 - 13:44
· · Safari 9.0.3 on Mac

Getting same message today (2/7). Was it ever resolved for you?

David Scott Raimist · 7 February 2016 - 13:44
· · Safari 9.0.3 on Mac

Getting same message today (2/7). Was it ever resolved for you?

David Scott Raimist · 7 February 2016 - 13:43
· · Safari 9.0.3 on Mac

Any ideas/Resolution?

David Scott Raimist · 7 February 2016 - 13:42
· · Safari 9.0.3 on Mac

Got up early to work on FASFA. Guess what? "Because of a system error, you (the student) cannot use your FSA ID to correct your FAFSA. Try again later"? I see this was happening for the past couple of weeks. Is it truly a system error or do I need to do something different? Has anyone resolved this? #FASFA #FASFAFail

David Scott Raimist · 7 February 2016 - 13:31
· · Safari 9.0.3 on Mac

anyone else getting the "Because of a system error, you (the student) cannot use your FSA ID to correct your FAFSA. Try again later"? I seet this was happening a week ago as well. Is it truly a system error or do I need to do something different

Jennifer Laszlo Willyard · 7 February 2016 - 13:01
· · Chrome 48.0 on Windows

Because of a system error, you (the student) cannot use your FSA ID to correct your FAFSA. Try again later.

Craig Wood · 31 January 2016 - 14:15
· · Chrome 48.0 on Windows

Multiple login attempts all produced this error message: Because of a system error, you (the student) cannot use your FSA ID to renew your FAFSA. Try again later.

Jim Watts · 31 January 2016 - 12:41
· · Chrome 48.0 on Windows

Multiple login attempts all produced this error message: Because of a system error, you (the student) cannot use your FSA ID to renew your FAFSA. Try again later.

Hue Chandler · 27 January 2016 - 22:26
· · Chrome 47.0 on Windows

fafsa.ed.gov is down today. Is anyone having this problem?

FAFSA on the Web has encountered an error. This could be due to normal maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Marilyn Mills Bates · 24 January 2016 - 13:57
· · Chrome 47.0 on Mac

Server down message, tried Chrome, Safari and Firefox. HELP!

Blaise Markley · 24 January 2016 - 10:17
· · Safari 8.0 on iPad

Down on iPad safari and chrome

Becky Punzo · 24 January 2016 - 06:20
· · Safari 9.0.1 on Mac

does not open

Daniel Williams · 2 January 2016 - 00:10
· · Chrome 47.0 on Windows

Fafsa site was up, now I can't connect. ANyone having issues?

Lara NeSmith Clark · 1 January 2016 - 06:28
· · Chrome 47.0 on Windows

https://fafsa.ed.gov/FAFSA/app/fafsa

Sue Lubich Murawski · 1 January 2016 - 05:31
· · Firefox 43.0 on Mac

Get your application done early is what they tell you, but not available this year at midnight 1/1 EST

"FAFSA on the Web is currently unavailable, and we apologize for the inconvenience. In some cases you can resolve this situation by refreshing or restarting your browser. If you have further questions, contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center"

Day To Day Faith · 1 January 2016 - 05:28
· · Firefox 43.0 on Windows

How is it that January 1st is the deadline to complete your FASFA but you cannot even access the website. Is it really maintenance or has the site been hacked? Just wondering

Ariana Portugal · 1 January 2016 - 05:26
· · Chrome 47.0 on Windows

Will not work on Chrome or Internet Explorer. I got the FSA Aid ID but the FAFSA application is not working.

Judy Hales Lawrence · 1 January 2016 - 05:19
· · Chrome 47.0 on Windows

Seriously? Has it been hacked or something? Been planning on doing this for weeks to get it in on time and I can't even get on the website!

Camille Cooley · 1 January 2016 - 03:09
· · Chrome 47.0 on Windows

I really need to access my Student Aid Report - is there any way I can access it if the website is down?

Olga Kusto · 20 December 2015 - 16:01
· · Chrome 47.0 on Windows

When trying to create FSA ID I got the error message: The FSA ID Web site has encountered an error.
I competed all the steps without any problem and after submitting the last step, this error was displayed.
What does it mean? Has my FSA ID been created? What should I do next?

Melissa Atkinson · 7 December 2015 - 13:54
· · Chrome 47.0 on Windows

I've been trying for the last day to get a fafsa id and I keep getting a "fafsa ID web site has encountered an error".

David Lessard · 6 December 2015 - 18:38
· · Chrome 46.0 on Windows

Son also trying to get FSA ID and gets to ss# and official name section and error message pops up......is this site not working?

Ann Berman · 6 December 2015 - 16:33
· · Safari 8536.25 on iPad

Son has been trying to get his new FSA ID and site won't work. He gets to the ss# and official name section and then a message pops up with, "experiencing a problem" nothing specific.

Emil Pagala · 17 May 2014 - 05:14
United States · Mediacom Cable · Chrome 34.0 on Mac

FAFSA IS DOWN ON MAY 17 at 08:13 (Saturday) EST. I thought they only have maintenance on Sunday from 05:00-11:00.

Jonathan Burns · 23 March 2014 - 01:45
United States · EarthLink

Usually, Fafsa works perfectly for me - this is the first time I've seen their site down. Oh well.

Eileen McCluskey · 15 February 2014 - 06:42
United States · RCN

fafsa crashed on me! a message said it's probably down just for me. I rate! No…I mean, I AM irate.

Nona Uecker Green · 6 February 2014 - 06:20
United States · Cox Communications

What the heck!? FAFSA website another government fail? What is going on, can't get it to work at all.

Vanessa Craddock · 30 January 2014 - 12:49
United States · Comcast Cable

I just called them. It does not like Chrome or Safari. Use another web browser.

Kristcha DeGuerre · 1 January 2014 - 15:01
United States · Time Warner Cable

Keeps kicking me off too... so aggravating.

Stormy Robbins · 1 January 2014 - 13:18
United States · BellSouth.net

FAFSA keeps kicking me off and making me restart. This is so annoying!

Valeria Inoscencio · 1 January 2014 - 12:40
United States · Charter Communications

fafsa is not working! It says: "FAFSA on the Web is currently unavailable, and we apologize for the inconvenience. In some cases you can resolve this situation by refreshing or restarting your browser. ", but does not work after it is refreshed.

Jennifer Jane Molvik · 31 December 2013 - 21:22
United States · CenturyLink

Lovely. We were told, get on your computer @ 9pm PST and start filling out the FAFSA. Apparently the site is down for maintenance!!! Aaaaagh!

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