Filling Out the FAFSA

Worksheet for 2017-2018:

Some of what you’ll need to know to fill out the worksheet above and the FAFSA itself is listed below for your convenience (Help and Hints are also available on the FAFSA website):

Some details needed for FAFSA worksheet and application:

  • The school year you are applying for financial aid (e.g., 2016-2017 or 2017-2018)
  • Your proper name, not a nickname; it must match exactly the name on your Social Security card
  • Your date of birth in "mmddyyyy" format; it must match exactly the date of birth on your Social Security card
  • Your gender as reported to the federal government (most male students must be registered with the Selective Service System in order to qualify for federal student aid – this can be done when filling out the FAFSA)
  • Your Permanent Mailing Address, City, State, and ZIP Code (important to receive important documentation)
  • Have you lived in your State for at least five years?
  • If you recently moved, know when you became a legal resident of your state (month and year)
  • Marital status and, if you’re married, the month and year you were married/remarried
  • Telephone number and email address
  • U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen or neither
  • What will your high school completion status be when you begin college in the 2017-2018 school year? Options: High school diploma, GED certificate or state authorized high school equivalent certificate, homeschooled, or none of the above.
  • What will your college grade level be when you begin the 2017-2018 school year? (i.e., how many years, if any, have you been in college)—if you are currently a senior in high school or will be a first-time college student, select Never attended college / 1st yr.
  • What degree or certificate will you be working on when you begin the 2017-2018 school year?
  • Are you interested in being considered for work-study? (Yes, No, or Don’t Know)
  • Will you have your first bachelor's degree before you begin the 2017-2018 school year?
  • Have you previously received Federal Student Aid?
  • Have you been convicted for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid (grants, work-study, and/or loans)? If yes, several other questions must be answered to determine student’s eligibility for Federal Student Aid.
  • What is the name of your high school? In what city is your high school located? In what state is your high school located?
  • What is your Housing Plan? On Campus, With Parent, or Off Campus

School Selection

You can add up to 10 colleges to your FAFSA. If you know your college's school code, use the option to the right to search. If you need help finding your college, use the state (required), city (optional), and school name (optional) fields to begin your search.

All of the information you include on your FAFSA, with the exception of the list of colleges, will be sent to each of the colleges you list. In addition, all of your FAFSA information, including the list of colleges, will be sent to your state student grant agency.

Additional Information

  • Using the Worksheet linked above is the best first step before filling out the actual FAFSA online.
  • Many questions on the FAFSA application are specific to individual situations. For example, “do you now have or will you have children who will receive more than half of their support from you between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018?”
  • If you’re not ready to apply for federal student aid, but you’d like to estimate your aid, try FAFSA4caster.

Note: If you complete your FAFSA on the Web worksheet and submit your completed FAFSA and your application is rejected and you don’t understand why, the Financial Aid offices of schools to which you apply may be able to provide additional assistance.