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2020-21 FAFSA Checklist

This checklist will prepare you to fill out the FAFSA.
Sept. 20, 2019
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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 2020-21 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 2018 W-2 forms.
  • Your 2018 federal income tax return.
  • Your 2018 untaxed income records.
  • Your current bank statements.
  • Your parents’ federal income tax return.
  • Your parents’ 2018 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 2018 W-2 forms.
  • Your 2018 federal income tax return.
  • Your 2018 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 2018 W-2 forms.
  • Your 2018 federal income tax return.
  • Your 2018 untaxed income records.
  • Your current bank statements.
  • Your parents’ federal income tax return.
  • Your parents’ 2018 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 2018 W-2 forms.
  • Your 2018 federal income tax return.
  • Your 2017 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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