What is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

  • The FAFSA is a free application used to apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants, loans, and work-study.

What are the benefits of the FAFSA

  • Free application
  • Determines the amount of financial aid a student will be rewarded by federal means
  • Online application access virtually 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so students can meet institutional deadlines

What do you need for the FAFSA:
To complete the FAFSA you will need:

  • Records of income earned in the year prior to when you will start school. You may also need records of your parents' income information if you are a dependent student.

For the 2015-2016 school year you will need financial information from 2014. You may need to refer to:

  • Your Social Security card. It is important that you enter your Social Security Number correctly!
  • Your driver's license (if any)
  • Your 2013 W-2 forms and other records of money earned
  • Your (and if married, your spouse's) 2014 Federal Income Tax Return.
    • IRS 1040, 1040A, 1040 EZ
    • Foreign Tax Return, or
    • Tax Return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federal States of Micronesia, or Palau
  • Your Parents' 2014 Federal Income Tax Return (if you are a dependent student) Your 2012 untaxed income records
  • Your current bank statements
  • Your current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond and other investment records
  • Your alien registration or permanent resident card (if you are not a U.S. citizen
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • A Federal Student Aid PIN to sign electronically. (If you do not already have one, click here to obtain one.)