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Prep Tips for FAFSA

Preview Worksheet

Practice the FAFSA questions, using the optional FOTW Worksheet. Only use it if you plan to submit the FAFSA online. The Worksheet does NOT 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