What is FAFSA?
Federal financial aid is based on need determined by completing a form called the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This application is submitted to the government to determine a student’s eligibility for aid.
Step 1 – Information you will need:
- Ex’pression School Code: 039733
- Your Social Security Number (SSN). Be sure it is correct!
- Your driver’s license (if any)
- Your 2011 W-2 forms and other records of money earned
- Your 2011 Federal Income Tax Return
- IRS 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ
- Foreign Tax Return, or
- Tax Return for Puerto Rico, Guam, America Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federal States of Micronesia, or Palau
- Your Parents’ 2011 Federal Income Tax Return
- Your 2011 untaxed income records
- Child support received
- Worker’s Compensation
- Any income received not reported on income taxes
- 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)
Step 2 – Apply for a PIN online at www.pin.ed.gov
- Write down your PIN in a safe place.
- Write down your parent’s PIN in a safe place.
Step 3 – Complete FAFSA online.
- Complete a 2012-2013 FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov
- Write down your confirmation number in a safe place.
- Print your Student Aid Report for your records. Your FAFSA application will be forwarded to the Financial Aid Office within 3 business days of submission.