Before You Start The FAFSA
The process is free (you should never pay to apply for federal financial aid).
Before you begin the FAFSA, you should gather the following documentation for reference:
- Your Social Security card (it is important that you enter your Social Security number correctly)
- Your driver's license (if any)
- Your W-2 forms and other records of money earned
- Your (and your spouse’s, if you are married) federal income tax return
- Your parents’ federal income tax return (if you are a dependent student)
- Your parents’ W-2 forms
- Your untaxed income records
- Your current bank statements
- Your current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond and other investment records
To organize your information, you can print and complete a FAFSA on the Web Worksheet before you begin entering your information online. However, you are not required to do so. FAFSA on the Web will guide you through the questions that you must answer, and you can save your application and return to it later if you don’t have the information you need to answer any of the questions.