Your Federal Student Aid FSA ID* — In order to sign your FAFSA electronically, you’ll need a Federal Student Aid FSA ID. You can help to prevent processing delays by getting the FSA ID before you begin the FAFSA.
Your social security number* -- If you don’t know it, it can be found on your social security card. If you don’t have access to that, it may be on your birth certificate or permanent resident card. If you don’t have one of those, or don’t know where it is, ask your parent or legal guardian. If you’re a dependent student, you’ll need their help with portions of the FAFSA anyway. If you are not a U.S. citizen, but meet Federal Student Aid’s basic eligibility requirements, you’ll need your Alien Registration Number.
Your driver’s license number -- If you don’t have a driver’s license, then don’t worry about this step.
Your tax records* — Use income records for the tax year prior to the academic year for which you are applying: so if you are filling out the 2020–21 FAFSA (Class of 2020 seniors--yes, you are), you will need 2018 tax information. You will be able to automatically import your tax information into the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
Records of your untaxed income* -- This includes a whole bunch of variables that may or may not apply to you, like child support received, interest income and veterans non-education benefits. Parents can find specific details here. Students can find details here.
Records of all your assets (money)* — This includes savings and checking account balances, as well as investments like stocks and bonds and real estate.
List of the school(s) you are interested in attending — The schools you list on your FAFSA will automatically receive your FAFSA results electronically. They will use your FAFSA information to determine the types and amounts of financial aid you may receive. You can list up to 10 schools on your FAFSA. If you’re applying to more than 10 schools, you can add more later. Be sure to list any school you’re considering, even if you’re not sure yet.
*If you’re a dependent student, you will need this information for your parent(s) as well.