2021-22 FAFSA Checklist

This checklist will prepare you to fill out the FAFSA.

Anna HelhoskiJan 19, 2021
Many or all of the products featured here are from our partners who compensate us. This may influence which products we write about and where and how the product appears on a page. However, this does not influence our evaluations. Our opinions are our own. Here is a list of our partners and here's how we make money.

Find the description below that matches your citizenship and dependency status to figure out which documents you will need to fill out the FAFSA for the 2021-22 school year. All U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for federal aid.

If you are a U.S. citizen and dependent student

  • Your Social Security card.

  • Your driver's license (if you have one).

  • Your 2019 W-2 forms.

  • Your 2019 federal income tax return.

  • Your 2019 untaxed income records.

  • Your current bank statements.

  • Your parents' federal income tax return.

  • Your parents' 2019 W-2 forms.

  • Your parents' bank statements.

  • Your parents' untaxed income records.

  • Your parents' current business and investment records.

If you are a U.S. citizen and independent student

  • Your Social Security card.

  • Your driver's license (if you have one).

  • Your 2019 W-2 forms.

  • Your 2019 federal income tax return.

  • Your 2019 untaxed income records.

  • Your current bank statements.

If you are a dependent student, but not a U.S. citizen

  • Your driver's license (if you have one).

  • Your 2019 W-2 forms.

  • Your 2019 federal income tax return.

  • Your 2019 untaxed income records.

  • Your current bank statements.

  • Your parents' federal income tax return.

  • Your parents' 2019 W-2 forms.

  • Your parents' bank statements.

  • Your parents' untaxed income records.

  • Your parents' current business and investment records.

If you are an independent student, but not a U.S. citizen

  • Your driver's license (if you have one).

  • Your 2019 W-2 forms.

  • Your 2019 federal income tax return.

  • Your 2018 untaxed income records.

  • Your current bank statements.

How to answer FAFSA questions based on your status

Family structure (dependent students):

Family structure (independent students):

Immigration status:

Track smarter. Save more.
Keep tabs on your cash, cards, and banks all in one place.