2023-24 FAFSA Checklist

This checklist will prepare you to fill out the 2023-24 FAFSA.
Anna Helhoski
By Anna Helhoski 
Updated
Edited by Karen Gaudette Brewer

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Is the new FAFSA available? After a weeklong "soft-launch" period, the redesigned FAFSA for the 2024-25 academic year is now available 24/7 at FAFSA.gov. Due to major processing delays, you won't be able to make changes to your submitted FAFSA until mid-March, at the soonest.

You can still submit the 2023-24 FAFSA until June 30, 2024.

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 2023-24 school year. All U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for federal aid.

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

  • Your Social Security card.

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

  • Your 2021 W-2 forms.

  • Your 2021 federal income tax return.

  • Your 2021 untaxed income records.

  • Your current bank statements.

  • Your parents' federal income tax return.

  • Your parents' 2021 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 2021 W-2 forms.

  • Your 2021 federal income tax return.

  • Your 2021 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 2021 W-2 forms.

  • Your 2021 federal income tax return.

  • Your 2021 untaxed income records.

  • Your current bank statements.

  • Your parents' federal income tax return.

  • Your parents' 2021 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 2021 W-2 forms.

  • Your 2021 federal income tax return.

  • Your 2021 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:

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