You will need records of income earned in the year prior to when you will start school. You may also need records of your parents’ income information if you are a dependent student. For the 2013-2014 school year you will need financial information from 2012. Fill in any blanks below. You may need to refer to:
THIS IS IMPORTANT: You MUST enter your Social Security Number correctly so bring a copy (not the original) of your social security card or your green card. Remember, if you or your parents have a TIN, which is the number that authorizes you to work, this is not a social security number and you may not use this number for FAFSA. Ask your parents if what you have is actually a social security number or if it is a permit to work. To apply for FAFSA, you must have a social security number. AB540 students, take note: if you applied for DACA, the number you got is not a social security number and may not be used for FAFSA. Instead, you will fill out the Dream Act Application.
To organize your information, you can print and complete a FAFSA on the Web Worksheet before you begin entering your information online. However, you are not required to do so. FAFSA on the Web will guide you through the questions that you must answer, and you can save your application and return to it later if you don’t have the information you need to answer any of the questions.
Keep these records! You may need them again. Do not mail your records to Federal Student Aid.
Please be aware that you can use your income tax return (if you have one) and your parents’ income tax return from 2011. The important thing is to submit your FAFSA application as soon as possible. It is easy to make the necessary changes later.
- Your Social Security card.
- Bring a copy of Your alien registration or permanent resident card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
- Your driver’s license (if you have one)
- Your parents’ education level (middle school, high school, post secondary, unknown)
- Your parents’ marriage or separation or divorce or widowed date, month/year ___/___
- If parents have NOT lived in CA since before January 1, 2007, give the month and year of the initial residency of the one who has lived in CA longer. ___/____
- Your PIN #_____
- Your 2012 W-2 forms and other records of money earned
- Your (and your spouse’s, if you are married) 2012 Federal Income Tax Return. Either IRS 1040, 1040A, 1040 EZ
- Your 2012 untaxed income records
- Your current bank statements
- Your current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond and other investment records
- Your parent’s PIN # _____ (parents with no social security number cannot get a PIN)
- Your Parents’ 2012 Federal Income Tax Return (if you are a dependent student)
- If they have not yet completed the 2012 return, you can use your parents’ 2011 Federal Income Tax Return
- List of colleges you are interested in attending
2. Apply for a federal PIN at www.pin.ed.gov
- The PIN will be needed to electronically sign the FAFSA to speed the process, check the status, and make corrections.
- Students and parents must each have their own PIN. If the parent does not have a valid social security number, you may print the signature page, have the parent sign it and mail it. Remember to request a Certificate of Mailing from the post office for your records.
- You may print a FAFSA Worksheet on the web to write in your answers then transfer the data to FAFSA. The Worksheet is optional but recommended. The FAFSA is also available in Spanish. Make revisions as many times as needed.
- You should receive the SAR within 3 days after submitting the FAFSA.
- Review your SAR for accuracy and update it if necessary.
- Create an account with www.webgrants4students.org to check the status of your Cal Grant or to make corrections.
- CSS Profile at www.profileonline.collegeboard.com. Check with each university for the deadline. Some are due in February 2013.
If you need assistance, please visit the College Center.