What You Need to Complete the FAFSA

on May 3, 2016

Filling out the FAFSA may seem overwhelming at first. If you’re getting ready to fill out your FAFSA, don’t delay; the faster you submit it, the more aid you’re likely to receive.

One of the most important parts of filling out your FAFSA quickly and accurately is preparation. Here’s everything you’ll need to gather before you should get started.

What you’ll need

  • Your social security number and your parents’ social security numbers
  • Your driver’s license
  • W-2 forms
  • Your parents’ federal tax return from the previous year if you’re applying for aid for the 2016-2017 academic year. Don’t wait to fill out the FAFSA if you don’t have this yet – you can provide an estimate to get the FAFSA in quickly and adjust it at a later date. If you’re applying for aid for the 2017-2018 school year or later, you use the tax returns from two years ago.
  • Current bank statements
  • Stock, bond, mutual fund, and investment information
  • Your alien registration card or permanent resident card (for non-U.S. citizens)
  • Your FSA ID
  • Child support information, if your parents are divorced


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