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FAFSA Document Checklist

Every student must fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to be eligible for financial aid programs. You will need current personal records as well as records of any income you earned in the previous tax year. Keep reading to find out which documents are needed to successfully complete the FAFSA.

Required Documents

The following checklist will help you assemble all of the documents you need to fill out the FAFSA. Most of these documents should already be in your personal records, so check with your parents if you can't easily find them. If your parents don't have the documents you might need to contact the agency that issues them.

  • Social Security Card: from the Social Security Administration
  • Driver's License: from your state driver's license bureau
  • Alien Registration or Permanent Resident Card (if you're not a U.S. citizen): from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Federal Student Aid Personal Identification Number: request a PIN from pin.ed.gov
  • Current Bank Statements: from your bank
  • Your Federal Income Tax Return: from the IRS
  • Your Parents' (if you're a dependent) or Spouse's (if you're married) Federal Income Tax Return: from the IRS
  • Your W-2 Forms: from your employer
  • Current Investment Values (savings bonds, stocks, mutual funds, CDs): from your financial institution
  • Child Support Statements (If Any): from the appropriate state agency
  • Worker's Compensation Benefits (If Any): from the appropriate state agency
  • Veteran's Benefits (If Any): from the appropriate government agency
  • Current Business Value (If Any): from your accountant

Next Step

Once you have assembled all of the information you need, you can fill out the traditional FAFSA form or submit your FAFSA online. Submitting the FAFSA online is the fastest way to apply for student aid. You can learn more about filling out the FAFSA by visiting www.fafsa.ed.gov.

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