The 2018-19 FAFSA (FAFSA = Free Application for Federal Student Aid – the one and only application you fill out to apply for federal financial aid like grants, work-study, and student loans) will be available for high school seniors and college students all over the country starting on October 1st. Here’s a list of the materials you will need to have handy in order to complete and submit the (FAFSA):

  • Social Security card*, alien registration, or permanent resident card
  • Driver’s license
  • 2016 W-2 forms and other records of income
  • 2016 Federal Income Tax Return** (for spouse as well if applicable)
  • Your parents’ 2016 Federal Income Tax Return (if you are a dependent student***)
  • Your current bank statements
  • Your 2016 untaxed income record
  • Your current business & investment mortgage information, business & farm, stock,  bond and other investment records
  • FSA ID for yourself (and a parent if applicable). Learn more about the FSA ID here.

  • *Entering your Social Security Number correctly is very important
  • **IRS 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, Foreign Tax Return, or Tax Return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the US Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or Palau
  • ***See here for more information about FAFSA dependency.