For students who are documented but their guardians are not.
What is it?
FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid which is overseen by the federal government and provides financial aid to many individuals who want to pursue a post-secondary education.
Who can fill it out?
To qualify for federal aid, students must complete and sign a FAFSA application. In order to complete a FAFSA, you must have a valid social security number (SSN). Additionally, having a SSN will enable you to create an FSA ID (username and password) which is needed to sign the FAFSA electronically.
How do I fill it out and when do I fill it out?
If the student is completing the FAFSA form online at fafsa.ed.gov or through the myStudentAid mobile app and the parent(s) and/or student filed their income tax returns with the IRS and certain requirements are met such as having SSNs, then access to the IRS DRT (Data Retrieval Tool) may be available.
With IRS DRT, this means that the parent(s) and students tax information will populate into the FAFSA if the student prefers to do this instead of manually entering in the information.
If the parent(s) and /or student didn’t file income tax returns with the IRS, the information can be entered manually on the FAFSA website or through the myStudentAid mobile app If you are completing the FAFSA form to be sent by mail, follow the instructions that detail how to answer the parental financial information questions.