Step-by-Step Instructions to Generate a SAR Report for the FEF Application

By far the most frequent item applicants fail to submit properly is the Student Aid Report (SAR) generated from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you produce the PDF file FEF requires.

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2021-2022 Awards Summary

Twenty-five new applicants were awarded $50,000, and 29 renewal applicants were awarded $63,750.00.

To find out if you were given an award, check the list for new applications or renewal applications. If you received an award, you must follow the instructions for recipients before money will be disbursed.

How Can I Help the Foundation?

Graduating students often ask, “How can I help the foundation?” Please consider doing the following:

Lifetime Award Limit Policy Begins in 2022-23

Beginning with the 2022-23 academic year, the Fadel Educational Foundation intends to limit recipients to receiving a maximum of 12,000 USD from the foundation. The foundation intends to increase this cap periodically as decided by the foundation’s Board of Directors. When renewal awards are processed in the online spreadsheet, you will see with each renewal how much the foundation has granted you in total.

2020-21 Grant Distribution Deferment Policy

2020-21 Fadel Educational Foundation Grant Distribution Deferment Policy

The Board of the Fadel Educational Foundation notifies all awardees in 2020-21 that they may notify the foundation of their intention to defer attendance at their institution without prejudice to the renewal of the award upon resumption of their education.

The Board encourages all students to explore their educational and vocational options during the COVID-19 pandemic, prioritizing their health and the health of the people with whom they will remain in contact. 

2018-2019 Awards Summary

Eleven new applicants were awarded $28,500, and 15 renewal applicants were awarded $27,700.00.

To find out if you were given an award, check the list for new applications or renewal applications. If you received an award, you must follow the instructions for recipients before money will be disbursed.

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The Fadel Educational Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit educational foundation supporting education for non-incarcerated Muslim U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The awards are distributed on a need/merit basis for post-secondary education.

The annual awards program will in sha Allah distribute approximately $40,000 in total in grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,500 to new applicants. Renewal recipients typically receive, in total, between $50,000-$65,000 in grants each year, with each recipient’s grant equal to the amount he or she received as a new applicant. Each recipient has a lifetime limit on the total grants the foundation will grant. You can read the amounts of the foundation’s annual grants on our blog.

The foundation also earmarks approximately $10,000 annually for distribution through Hartford Seminary’s Islamic Chaplaincy Program for prison chaplains.

Use the pages in the menu bar at the top to access any available application forms, instructions for award recipients and a Frequently Asked Questions document about all facets of the application and disbursement process.

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E-mail Distribution List for Supporters of the Foundation

We encourage all who deal with the foundation to submit a review at

If you want to receive updates on how you can support the foundation, subscribe to our e-mail list for foundation’s supporters. If you prefer to receive SMS message on your mobile phone, register here or text @fefsupport to the number 81010 or (941) 900-3843.

The foundation does accept donations. Send a message if you want to do so.

Updated July 3, 2021.

2015-2016 Awards Summary

Ten new applicants were awarded $16,000, and 21 renewal applicants were awarded $35,751.46.

I’m ABD. May I still receive a grant?

If you are ABD, you must have your advisor write a letter confirming that you are making progress towards completion of your dissertation. The letter should set a date for completion.

If you receive an award, and then later you request a renewal, your advisor must write a similar letter to support your renewal request. If the expected completion date changes, the advisor must explain why in writing.

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Is this person OK for my recommendation letter?

University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire has some good tips about recommendation letters.

I received this question:

I have only completed one semester of college work. My professors do not know me that well. Is it okay to get a recommendation from a high school teacher who [has] known me for the past 4 years?

Applicants have to figure out things for themselves. The review committee is not going to know who did not write your letter of recommendation. They will only look at the letter of recommendation the foundation receives.  So just get the best one you can get.

If the letter of recommendation only talks about things you did 10 years ago, then the reviewers will probably wonder what you’ve done the last 10 years. But one year is not a huge length of time.

Finally, if you think that a gap in time is a problem, send in two letters of recommendation. Send in both the stronger one from the more distant past and the weaker, more recent one.

Don’t go overboard with this. For traditional age students, i.e. 18-24, transcripts are a much more important indication of your academic ability than recommendation letters.

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