Filing the FAFSA

This page provides tip sheets and videos for completing the 2017-18 FAFSA successfully.

 

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2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

English | Spanish

Sample PDF versions of the FAFSA are provided as a resources that can be used as a training tool or for financial aid presentations. These versions contain a “DO NOT SUBMIT” watermark and should not be submitted by students for processing.

Federal Student Aid

2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web Worksheet

English | Spanish

The 2017-18 FAFSA on the Web Worksheet provides a preview of questions that students and parents may be asked while completing the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov. It is not the financial aid application, nor is it part of the application. It is simply an optional tool to help students complete FAFSA on the Web (FOTW), and should not be submitted to Federal Student Aid.

Federal Student Aid

Completing the FAFSA Checklist

English | Spanish

This one pager walks you through the steps for completing the FAFSA.

NCAN

Filing the FAFSA Book

2017-18 edition of Filing the FAFSA is a free ebook with line-by-line instructions with easy to follow screenshots of the 2016-27 FAFSA. It also includes a glossary to help you decipher confusing financial aid lingo and an interactive index takes you directly to the topic you need.

Edvisors

What Data do Applicants Provide on the FAFSA?

This document outlines which data elements will likely be affected by the change to prior-prior year income on the 2017-18 FAFSA, to the best of NASFAA’s knowledge.

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

Combining 1040 and 1040a Incomes for Newly Married Parents

This worksheet is for parents and stepparents who filed as single or head of household in 2015, with one filing a 1040 and one filing a 1040a, but are now required to report as married parents for the 2017-18 FAFSA.

College Access Fairfax

Combining 1040 Income for Newly Married Parents

This worksheet is for parents and stepparents who filed as single or head of household in 2015, but who are now required to report as married parents for the 2017-18 FAFSA.

College Access Fairfax

Combining 1040a and 1040a Incomes for Newly Married Parents

This worksheet is for parents and stepparents who filed as single or head of household in 2015, where both filed an individual 1040a, but who are now required to report as married parents for the 2017-18 FAFSA.

College Access Fairfax

Individual AGI and Taxes Paid From a Joint IRS 1040 Return

This worksheet is for custodial parents who file married jointly on their 2015 1040 IRS tax return and who are now divorced, widowed, or who have subsequently remarried.

College Access Fairfax

Individual AGI and Taxes Paid From a Joint IRS 1040a Return

This worksheet is for custodial parents who file married jointly on their 2015 1040a IRS tax return and who are now divorced, widowed, or who have subsequently remarried.

College Access Fairfax

Marital Status Change Filing Information

This worksheet outlines how to file the FAFSA with a change in filing status.

College Access Fairfax

Dependent or Independent Student Tip Sheet
English | Spanish

One pager sharing the 13 questions on the 2017-18 FAFSA that determine whether the applicant is considered to be a dependent or independent student.

Edvisors

Dependent or Independent Student Chart Tip Sheet
English | Spanish

A flow chart of the 13 questions on the 2017-18 FAFSA that determine whether the applicant is considered to be a dependent or independent student.

Edvisors

Eligibility for Student Financial Aid Tip Sheet
English | Spanish

One pager outlining basic eligibility requirements, application requirements, requirements concerning previous aid funds, program-specific requirements, maintaining aid eligibility, and limitations on aid for incarcerated students.

Edvisors

Errors to Avoid in Filing the FAFSA Tip Sheet

Two page overview about errors to avoid while filing the FAFSA including general errors, data match errors, errors that may affect aid eligibility, and errors involving unusual circumstances, prior education, dependency status, household size and number in college, marital status, taxes, income and assets.

Edvisors

Introduction to the FAFSA Tip Sheet

English | Spanish

Two page overview with basic tips like what is the FAFSA?, where to apply online, FAFSA details, special process for students under age 13, FSA ID/Password, and reviews documents needed to successfully complete the FAFSA.

Edvisors

Top 12 FAFSA Errors to Avoid Tip Sheet

English | Spanish

One pager outlining the top 12 FAFSA errors to avoid.

Edvisors

Who is Considered a Parent on the FAFSA?

English | Spanish

A flow chart helping students and parents understand who is considered a parent on the FAFSA.

Edvisors

FAFSA Completion Tool by High School and Public School District

A data look-up tool to track the number of FAFSA submissions and completions by high school and by public school district. District completion rates are available for the 2015-16 cycle and to date for the 2016-17. The completion rates are also displayed as color-coded maps by state.

Federal Student Aid

Who Is My “Parent” When I Fill Out the FAFSA?

One pager outlining which parent’s information should be reported, how to ease worries about sharing private information, what to do if the student doesn’t live with their parents, and what to do if parents refuse to provide information or if the student does not have contact with their parents.

U.S. Department of Education


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