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The FAFSA

Look over what you will need before starting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Fall 2019 FAFSA Workshop

Wednesday, November 13 | WSC 3224 | 10am-3pm

Helpful information to have on hand:

1. Your FSA ID

An FSA ID is a username/password used to log in to U.S. Department of Education websites. Each student will need an FSA ID. In addition, one parent of each dependent student will need their own FSA ID in order to sign the FAFSA.

2. Your Social Security Number

If you are a dependent student, you will need your parent’s SSNs as well. If you are not a U.S. citizen, but will qualify as an eligible non-citizen, you will need your Alien Registration number. 

3. Your driver’s license number (if you have one). 

4. The appropriate year’s tax records

It is highly recommended that you use the IRS Data Retrieval tool, which pulls information directly from your tax return into your FAFSA. If you do not wish to use the retrieval tool or do not qualify you will need your tax return and any W-2s. 

  • If you are currently married, you will need your spouse’s tax information.
  • If you are deemed “dependent” by FAFSA, you will need your parent’s tax information. Lack of financial support or not being claimed on parents’ taxes does not determine dependency status for financial aid purposes.

5. Records of your untaxed income

Interest income, veterans non-education benefits, child support, etc., are all examples of untaxed income you are required to report on the FAFSA. You will want to reference the appropriate year’s records of this information for you and your parents (if dependent). 

6. Records of your assets (money)

Assets include savings and checking account balances, as well as the value of investments such as stocks/bonds/real estate (except the home in which your family lives). You should report the current amounts as of the date you sign the FAFSA.