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FAFSA

Getting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

1. On the Web- www.fafsa.gov **MOST RECOMMENDED

2. Paper Form- have to order from the Department of Education at 1-800-4 FED AID

3. PDF FAFSA- can download from the website www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov or get a copy from your guidance counselor.

State Deadlines:
  • As soon as possible after January 1, 2013.
  • Check with Colleges/Universities. Some have February deadlines.
  • WE RECOMMEND by March 1st.
  • Federal and State monies will run out. It is first come, first serve.

General Information:

  • Make sure that you use the year 2013-3014 form (paper and online)
  • Call the 1-800-4 FED AID if you have questions. They are there late at night

STEP ONE:

This is all the information on the Student.

Questions:

#1 & #2 Student Name

  • Make sure us use your first and last name that is on your Social Security Card.

#13 Email Account

  • Use the email account that you check most often. Check to make sure that you do not have filters on your email that will send all correspondence to the “Junk Mail Folder”. A link for your Student Aid Report (SAR) will be sent to you.

#16 Marital Status

  • This is the marital status of the student. You will NOT be able to change this later.

#22 Selective Service

  • Financial Aid process will stop if you are male and do not register with the Selective Service by the age of 18.

#23 Drug Conviction

  • Students will answer NO to this question. It reads “if you were convicted WHILE receiving federal student aid”. HS students have not received any aid as of yet.

#29 College Credit

  • Enter “0- Never attended college” even if you have taken classes at Waubonsee Community College. You are still working on your 1st year of undergraduate classes.

#31 Work Study

  • Enter “1- Yes” this is the recommended answer to maximize your best chance of aid. Do this even if you don’t want work-study, you can always “decline” it later when you get your award letter.

STEP TWO:

This is also information on the Student.

Questions:

#32 - #44 Income Tax Questions

  • Be as truthful on these questions. They may require you to send copies of your tax forms at a later time- this is called VERIFICATION. Don’t send them unless you are asked.

#38 This is amount that you made whether you claim it on taxes or not. Babysitting, working etc.

#40 Use balances that would be on bank statements after all of the bills for the month have been paid.

#43 This is for monies going OUT of the household by the STUDENT not Parent.

#44 This is for monies coming IN to the household by the STUDENT not Parent.

STEP THREE:

This information on the student determines if the student is INDEPENDENT or DEPENDENT. If all questions are “NO” then fill out step four.

STEP FOUR:

This is all information on the Parent

Questions:

#58 Marital Status

  • Status as of the date that you are filling out the FAFSA.

#59 The date of the most recent thing that has happened with your biological parents.

#60 & #64 Social Security Number

  • Enter “000-00-0000” if parents don’t have a SSN.

#61 & #65 Parents

  • You report on the household where the student spends more than 50% of the time. If there are step-parents in that household- you have to report their information also.

#68 Email

  • Use the email account that you check most often. Check to make sure that you do not have filters on your email that will send all correspondence to the “Junk Mail Folder”.

#79 - #90 Income Tax

  • Be as truthful on these questions. They may require you to send copies of your tax forms at a later time- this is called VERIFICATION. Don’t send them unless you are asked.

#88 Bank Account Balances

  • Use balances that would be on bank statements after all of the bills for the month have been paid.

#91 This is money that goes out of your household that can be excluded from your income.

#92 This is money that comes into your household that is not reported on your taxes.

STEP FIVE:

-Only answer these questions if you answered “Yes” to any in STEP THREE.

STEP SIX:

Questions:

#101 Make sure that you list Illinois Colleges first to be eligible for State Federal Aid.