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  Completing the FAFSA
Completing the FAFSA is an easy process. The forms are very similar to income tax forms and require much of the same information. It is easier to complete the FAFSA after you have completed your income tax return.

The following materials are needed to complete the FAFSA:
Student’s driver license
Social security card
W-2 Forms and other records of money earned (usually from the previous year)
Previous years U.S. income tax return (IRS Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ)
Records of untaxed income, such as Social Security benefits, AFDC or ADC, child support, welfare, pensions, military subsistence allowances, and veterans benefits
Current bank statements
Current mortgage information (if applicable)
Business and/or farm records (if applicable)
Records of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, CDs, and other investments (if applicable)
Medical and/or dental expenses during the past year not covered by medical insurance

Read the instructions carefully when completing the FAFSA or the Renewal FAFSA. Pay special attention to any questions regarding income, since most errors occur in this area. You should save all of your records and materials used in completing the FAFSA in which you may need them later to verify the information that was reported on the application. The process of proving that your information is correct is called verification. If you cannot or do not provide the document(s) requested for verification, you will not receive aid from the Student Financial Aid Program (SFA), and you may not receive aid from other sources (i.e. state education agencies, institutional, etc.). You should make a photocopy of your completed FAFSA (or print out a copy of your FAFSA Express or FAFSA on the Web application) before you submit it, for your own records.

When starting the application process, there are several tips you and your parents should consider:
Reading all the instructions, if needed - twice before you start.
Making a practice worksheet.
Using a pencil on your practice worksheet so you can easily change your answers.
Copying your answers neatly and carefully on to the original form.
Answering every question. Follow the instructions on what to do if a question does not apply to you.
Printing legible.
Giving accurate information.
Double-checking your answers to make sure they are complete and accurate. Be sure you have provided the necessary signatures electronically or on paper.

Need Help
If you have any questions or problems with completing the FAFSA, help is available. Making errors can cause delays in processing your application.

You should consider the following FREE resources for help:
High school guidance counselors
Financial Aid Administrators
Most financial aid administrators at nearby colleges or universities can assist you and your parents with filling out the FAFSA, depending on their availability and workload.
Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC)
For information on any federal student financial aid programs or assistance in completing the FAFSA, you can call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 800-4-FED-AID (800-433-3243) or 800-730-8913 (TTY) for the hearing impaired.
U.S. Department of Education Web Sites
There are several web sites by the U.S. Department of Education than can assist you and your parents with completing the FAFSA. Visit the following web sites:
Help completing the FAFSA
Student aid home page
Government Services (Including Education) available to students

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