Completing Your FAFSA

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During the Apply NSHE! College Application and FAFSA Nights, you can complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is the application you will need to complete to see if you qualify for federal financial aid. To complete the application there are a number of items you will need to bring with you. Here is what you will need to bring with you in order to complete your FAFSA:

For the 2020-2021 school year, you will need your income information and your parents income information from 2018. If your parents are divorced, you should use the parent that provide at least 51% of your support, which is not necessarily the parent that claims you on the tax return.

You and one of your parents should create an FSA ID and password, since both are needed to sign and submit the FAFSA electronically: . If you have this set up prior to the CAM event, bring their FSA ID and password with you. Once all of a your information is entered into the FAFSA, the data can be saved and your parent can sign electronically when it is convenient.


Information needed:

  • Your social security number—it is important that this be entered correctly.
  • Income/tax returns for 2018 for both you and your parents.
  • Other forms, if applicable: Foreign tax returns, W-2 forms from all jobs, 1099 forms, Child Support Documents (paid or received), Food Stamp Award Letter, Untaxed Pensions/Retirement Plans, value of any checking, savings, investment accounts as well as real estate or business values (not including the home in which the you live.)

Work Study: If  you are interested in work study, you will need to check the box correctly in Section One of the FAFSA.  If the box is not checked, the institution may not offer Work Study to you.

Be sure to check your email and your institutional account, if applicable, for additional required documents.