What is the FAFSA?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form you need to fill out to get any financial aid from the federal government to help pay for college. Each year, over 13 million students who file the FAFSA get more than $120 billion in grants, work-study, and low-interest loans from the U.S. Department of Education.
A lot of states and colleges also use the FAFSA to determine which students get financial aid—and how much they’ll get.
The FAFSA asks for information about you and your family’s finances, including tax returns, so you’ll need your parents’ help to complete it.
What Will I Need to Fill Out the FAFSA?
To complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will need:
If you are a dependent student, then you will also need most of the above information for your parent(s).
- Your Social Security Number or Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
- Your 2021 federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
- Records of child support received or paid (if applicable)
- Current bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
- Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
- An FSA ID (student and parent) to sign electronically. FSA ID Site
- Parents full legal name, date of birth and social security (if applicable)
- Parents date of marriage, divorce/separation (if applicable)