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Prep Tips for FAFSA

Preview Worksheet

Practice the FAFSA questions, using the optional 2013-2014 FOTW Worksheet. Only use it if you plan to submit the FAFSA online. The Worksheet does substitute for the FAFSA; do not submit it for processing.

Documents to Gather

Before you get started, you'll need several items to complete your FAFSA:

  • Your Social Security Number (can be found on Social Security card)
  • Your state driver's license (if any)
  • Your W‐2 Forms for the previous year and other records of money earned (if applicable)
  • Your (and your spouse's, if you are married) most recent Federal Income Tax Return – IRS Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, 1040Telefile, foreign tax return, or tax return for U.S. territory 
  • Records of child support paid (if applicable)
  • Records of taxable earnings from federal work‐study or other need‐based work programs
  • Records of any grants, scholarships, and fellowship aid that were included in your or your parents’ adjusted gross income (AGI)
  • Your parent's Federal Income Tax Return for the previous year (if you are a dependent student as defined by federal criteria)
  • Your current bank statements
  • Your current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond, and other investment records
  • Documentation that you are a U.S. permanent resident or other eligible non-citizen