5 things to have next to you when completing the FAFSA
Completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first major step in determining how you will pay for college. Before you begin you should gather the following required information to make sure you aren’t scrambling to find it once you file.
5 Things To Have On Hand:
Social Security Numbers for you and your parents (Tip: If you’re not a U.S. citizen, your Alien Registration Number or permanent resident card)
Your driver’s license number if you have one
W-2s and tax returns for you and your parents (Tip: You may be able to transfer your tax information using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA website.)
Bank statements, account balances, and investment information
Untaxed income records for the previous year (Tip: This could include social security income, child support, veterans benefits, etc.)
For more detailed information on the documents you’ll need, visit the Office of Federal Student Aid.
Do I really need my parents’ information?
More than likely, yes, unless you can be considered an independent student. According to the Office of Federal Student aid, federal student aid programs are based on the concept that it is primarily your and your family’s responsibility to pay for your education. There are several criteria involved in determining dependency, so if you think you might qualify as independent, you can check out this helpful information from the federal government: "What’s the difference between a dependent student and an independent student?".
Ready to get started?
Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov to begin the FAFSA filing process. Remember, you can file NOW for the 2017-18 academic year, and the federal deadline to file is June 30, 2018. (Tip – don’t wait until then to file!) State and college deadlines are sooner, so make sure you meet or beat those.
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