1. Your Federal Student PIN*- In order to sign your FAFSA electronically, you’ll need a Federal Student Aid PIN. You can help prevent processing delays by getting a PIN before you begin the FAFSA. Find out how to get a PIN and what to do if you forgot your PIN. It only takes a minute.
2. Your social security number*- If you don’t know it, it can be found on your social security card. If you don’t have access to that, it may be on your birth certificate or permanent resident card. If you don’t have one of those, or don’t know where it is, ask your parent or legal guardian. If you’re a dependent student, you’ll also need your Alien Registration Number.
3. Your driver’s license number- If you don’t have one, then don’t worry about this step.
4. Your tax records- Use income records for the tax year prior to the academic year for which you are applying: so if you are filling out the 2015-16 FAFSA, you will need 2014 information. If you haven’t filed your tax returns, just make sure to update your FAFSA once you file your 2014 taxes. If you have filed your taxes already, you may be able to automatically import your tax information into the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
5. Records of your untaxed income*- This includes a whole bunch of variables that may not apply to you, like child support received, interest income and veterans and non-education benefits.
6. Records of all your assets (money)*- This includes savings and checking account balances, as well as investments like stocks and bonds and real estate.
7. List of the school (s) you are interested in attending- The schools you list on your FAFSA will automatically receive your FAFSA results electronically. They will use your information to determine the types and amounts of financial aid you may receive. You can list up to 10 schools on your FAFSA. If you’re applying for more than 10 schools, you can add more later. List all schools you’re considering.