Tips for completing the FAFSA
Assemble forms needed to complete FASA. You'll need the following for both you and your parent (if dependent) to fill out the form:
- Social Security number and drivers license
- Current bank statements
- Current mortgage and investment records (if any)
- Alien registration card (if not U.S. citizen)
- Recent student and parent federal tax returns
- Recent W2 forms and other record of money earned
- Recent untaxed income and records
Visit the "FAFSA on the Web" Web site and print a "Worksheet (opens in new window)." FAFSA on the Web worksheets can also be picked up at the Financial Aid Office. Use it as a guide before answering online. Do not enter online answers directly from the paper FAFSA! FAFSA on the Web and paper FAFSA questions are in a different order!
- Read the instructions. At first glance, the FAFSA form can appear confusing and complicated. In actuality, the form is easy to fill out. The questions are straightforward, and the instructions make specific references to each question.
- Sign the form. If you are filing the paper FAFSA, make sure you (and at least one parent if dependent student and spouse if married) sign the form before submitting it online or putting it in the mail. Failing to do so delays the process, as your FAFSA is not considered complete without all necessary signatures.
- Use estimated figures for the most recently completed tax year. If you are completing the FAFSA prior to the filing of your current federal tax return, you may use estimated figures. Review your W-2 and other tax documents; or if your current income was relatively the same as your prior year income, you can use those figures. You can easily update the information after you have had the opportunity to file your tax return. Do not wait until you have filed your current year taxes to file the FAFSA and risk missing the March 1st priority filing deadline.
- Additional information and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the FAFSA Web site (opens in new window).