Dates and deadlines:
How to Apply:
- August 1st - Application Opens
- March 2nd - Application Deadline!
- A student social security number
- The social is used to create a student FSA ID - click here to make an account
- Parents are not required to have a social security number, however, they will need to mail in the signature page if they do not have a social security number
- Parents who have a social can make their own FSA ID by clicking here
- If the student lives with both parents, only one parent is required to make an account. However, the financial information for both parents will need to be entered on the application
- Parent/Guardian Financial Information (including: tax information and other assets)
- If your parents do not file taxes, talk to your counselor about your options
How to Apply:
- Go to https://fafsa.ed.gov/ and log in with your FSA ID
- Class of 2017 - Make sure you select the 2017-2018 FAFSA
- You are only allowed to send your FAFSA information to 10 colleges at a time. If you are applying to more than 10 schools, list the first 10 submit your application. Ask each school to ensure that they received the information, then you can do back and update the list with more schools.
Q: I know that I am undocumented but I have a social Security card/number, should I COMPLETE the FAFSA?
A: Depends - More than likely you obtained the social security number through the DACA, you should complete the dream act instead.
- To make sure, look at the physical social security card. If there are any restrictions on the card, talk to your counselor about what is written on the card. Your counselor can help you determine the type of social security card you have received.
Q: Help! I am applying to 15 colleges but I can only list 10 on the FAFSA, what can I do?
A: You are only allowed to send your FAFSA information to 10 colleges at a time. If you are applying to more than 10 schools, list the first 10 schools then submit your application. Check with each school to ensure that they received the information, then you can do back and update the list with more schools.
Q: My parents do not file taxes, Can i still complete the fafsa?
A: Parents are encouraged to file taxes, unless they are not legally required to file taxes. If your parent is required to file taxes but does not, it can jeopardize your chances of receiving financial aid
- This applies to parents who are undocumented. Parents who are undocumented are encouraged to file taxes
- Undocumented parents who files taxes will receive and ITIN number, this is similar to a Social Security number, however it is NOT a Social Security number and should not be used on the FAFSA.
Q: My parents do not have a social security number, but I do. what do i do when the application asks for my parents social security number?
A: If your parents do not have a social security number, enter all zeros on the social security section of the application. Then click next, the application will block you, type all zeros again. After the third try the application will let you continue.
Q: Who is considered my parent on the FAFSA?
A: On the FAFSA parents are:
- Biological Parents
- Adoptive Parents
- Stepparents (ONLY if they are legally married to the biological/adoptive parent)
Q: I live with my Grandma/Aunt/Cousin etc... Do they count as my parents?
A: NO - Unless any of them have legally adopted you. Once a person has adopted you, they are legally your parent
- The following people are not considered parents on the FAFSA:
- Foster Parents
- Legal Guardians (unless they adopt you)
- Any relatives (unless they adopt you)
- Stepparents (unless they adopt you/marry your biological parent)
Q: My parents are divorced, do I put them both down?
A: NO - If parents are divorced, include the information of the parent that you live with most of the time
- If you live equal amounts with both parents, include the information of the parent that contributed the most within the last 12 months
Q: My Stepparent and his/her kids live with us, should we put them down on the FAFSA?
A: YES - If the stepparent is married to the biological parent
- If the stepparent has his/her own children and they live with you, they need to be included in the family size.
Q: I have a job and pay my own bills, I am considered independent... right?
A: NOPE! - More than likely you are still considered Dependent.
- For Financial Aid Purposes you are considered Independent if you can answer yes to any of the following questions:
- Were you born before Jan. 1, 1991?
- Are you married? (Also answer “Yes” if you are separated but not divorced.)
- At the beginning of the 2017–18 school year, will you be working on a master’s or doctorate degree program (such as an M.A., M.B.A., M.D., J.D., Ph.D., Ed.D., graduate certificate, etc.)?
- Are you currently serving on active duty in the U.S. armed forces for purposes other than training? (If you are a National Guard or Reserves enlistee, are you on active duty for other than state or training purposes?)
- Are you a veteran of the U.S. armed forces?
- Do you now have—or will you have—children who will receive more than half of their support from you between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015?
- Do you have dependents (other than your children or spouse) who live with you and who receive more than half of their support from you, now and through June 30, 2015?
- At any time since you turned age 13, were both your parents deceased, were you in foster care, or were you a dependent or ward of the court?
- Has it been decided by a court in your state of legal residence that you are an emancipated minor or that you are in a legal guardianship?
- At any time on or after July 1, 2013, were you determined to be an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless, as determined by (a) your high school or district homeless liaison, (b) the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or (c) he director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program?
Q: Should Incarcerated Parents be included on the FAFSA?
- You will have to inform the Financial Aid Administrator at each of the colleges that you are applying to and request a dependency override
- This will ensure that when your financial aid package is being calculated, you are processed as independent
- Ask your counselor for help with the process!
Q: I live with my legal guardian, should I put their information?
A: NO - If you live with a court appointed legal guardian, you are automatically considered Independent and you do not have to include parent information
Q: I do not want to or I cannot provide parent information, what can I do?
A: You can still submit the FAFSA by indicating that you will not be providing parent information.
- However! This means that you will only be eligible for unsubsidized loans
- An EFC will not be calculated - most schools needs this information to determine your financial aid package
Q: What is a dependency override?
A: Financial Aid Administrators (at each college) - have the authority to change the filling status of a student from dependent to independent if there is a special circumstance
- Special Circumstances Include:
- Abuse at home
- Abandonment by parents
- Documentation of a special circumstance can be provided by:
- Social Workers
- Members of Clergy
- The Court System
- Law Enforcement
- What is not a special circumstance?
- Parent's do not claim students on taxes
- Student does not live with parents and supports himself/herself
- Parents do not want to pay for college
- Parents refuse to provide information for FAFSA