Why and How to File

The FAFSA – the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – is the first step in getting money for college. It is required for federal student aid and some state, college, and private monies.

More than $3 billion in money for college is left on the table each year simply because students do not complete this required form.

You must complete the FAFSA at fafsa.gov after October 1 of your senior year. The online application process contains built-in edits to help you prevent costly mistakes. Make sure you meet state grant deadlines and your prospective colleges’ priority deadlines. The earlier you file the more time you will have to determine the best college fit for you that you can afford.

Information Needed to Complete the FAFSA

In order to complete the FAFSA, you will need to bring information for the parent(s) and the student. If your parents are divorced or separated, bring the information below for the parent you have lived with the most in the last 12 months. If that parent has remarried, bring information for the step-parent as well. Do not bring information on a grandparent, aunt, or anyone other than a parent unless you have been legally adopted (even if someone else claims you on the federal tax return.)

  • Parent(s) and student’s legal names
  • Parent(s) and student’s Social Security numbers
  • Parent(s) and student’s dates of birth
  • Parent’s driver’s license numbers
  • Email address for student and parent
  • List of colleges (up to 10) that you want to receive your FAFSA results. Mark the college in Mississippi that you are most likely to attend (only one allowed on the state aid application).
  • Access to cell phones for parent and student to verify phone number via text
  • Info for parents with whom you live: marriage date, divorce date, or separation date
  • If you are in a legal guardianship, bring court papers for the guardianship
  • W-2 forms and other records of money earned in 2016 (student and parents)
  • 2016 Federal Income Tax Return (the 1040 form for student and parents) – If your parents or parent and step-parent file separately, bring copies of both tax retu
  • Value of bank accounts and investments (separate out those in retirement accounts)
  • Child support and other untaxed income

If you have completed the FAFSA since May 10, 2015, please bring your FSA ID username and password. Parents who have completed the FAFSA for themselves or other children will use their same FSA ID. We can attempt to recover them if necessary.

If your student is NOT with you, please have access to your student so that they can verify codes sent to their cell phone and their email.

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