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Bring the things you'll need

You (and your spouse if you are married, or your parent(s) if you are a dependent student) should bring the information listed below to complete the 2015-16 FAFSA.

Note:  If you plan to file your FAFSA online and you already have filed your 2014 tax return, you may be able to electronically retrieve the necessary tax information directly from the Internal Revenue Service as part of the online FAFSA completion process.  The U.S. Department of Education encourages applicants and parents to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when possible to simplify the process.  You will not be able to use this IRS process if:
  • You have not yet filed taxes or are not required to file.
  • You filed your tax return but have since amended it.
  • You filed a Puerto Rican or foreign tax return.
  • You are married, but filed as head of household or married filing separately.
  • Neither married parent entered a valid Social Security number.
  • A non-married parent entered all zeroes as their Social Security number.
You can submit your FAFSA even if you have not yet filed your federal income tax return by selecting the "will file" option in answer to FAFSA question #32 in the student section or question #80 in the parent section. You will, however, need to enter estimated income information, and, once you or your parents have submitted your 2014 tax return, you must make any necessary updates to your FAFSA so it reflects the income information reported to the IRS.

In addition, you should bring or have information about the following items:
  • Social Security number.
  • Driver's license state and number (if any).
  • Food Stamps (SNAP) benefits received during the last two calendar years, if any.
  • Household size.
  • Number of family members in college.
  • Amount of child support paid during 2014, if any.
  • Amount of child support received during 2014, if any.
  • Name and state of the high school that conferred your diploma, if any.
  • Untaxed income records for 2014:
    • Social Security.
    • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.
    • Welfare.
    • Vererans benefits.
  • Current bank statements.
  • Current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond, and other investment records.
  • Documentation that you are a U.S. permanent resident or other eligible noncitizen.
  • Amount of combat pay or special combat pay received during 2014, if any.
 If you filed your tax return but are not using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, bring the following additional items:
  • Your (and parents' or spouse's) most recent Federal income tax return:
    • IRS Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ.
    • Foreign tax return, or
    • Tax return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia.
If you have not yet filed your tax return, bring the following additional items:
  • All applicable W-2 forms and a list of all income earned not listed on a W-2 form.
Note:  All information reviewed by the College Goal Sunday volunteers will be kept private and confidential and will not be used for any purpose other than helping students and families apply for financial aid.  Student and family identities will be protected to the best extent possible, and none of the information requested will be sent to vendors for other purposes besides applying for aid.

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