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What Information Do I Need When I Fill Out the FAFSA?
Here’s a checklist!
You should have the following information and documents with you as you ll out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):
❏ Your Social Security number
❏ Your parents’ Social Security numbers if you are providing parent information*
❏ Your driver’s license number if you have one
❏ Your Alien Registration Number if you are not a U.S. citizen
❏ Federal tax information or tax returns** including IRS W-2 information, for you (and your spouse, if you are married), and for your parents if you are providing parent information • If you have not yet filed an income tax return, complete and submit the FAFSA using estimated tax information • Use income records for the year prior to the academic year for which you are applying: for instance, if you are filling out the 2012–13 FAFSA, you will need 2011 tax information
❏ Records of your untaxed income, such as child support received, interest income, and veterans non education benefits, for you, and for your parents if you are providing parent information
❏ Information on cash; savings and checking account balances; investments, including real estate but not including the home in which you live; and business and farm assets for you, and for your parents if you are providing parent information
* Not sure whether you will need to put your parents’ information on the FAFSA? Check out “Am I Dependent or Independent?” at www.studentaid.ed.gov/pubs or call 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). ** If you le your taxes before lling out your FAFSA online, you might be able to have your tax information automatically retrieved from the Internal Revenue Service and inserted in your FAFSA. e FAFSA will walk you through the process
SAT & ACT Info
The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.
Taking the SAT is the first step in finding the right college for you — the place where you can further develop your skills and pursue your passions. But SAT scores are just one of many factors that colleges consider when making their admission decisions. High school grades are also very important. In fact, the combination of high school grades and SAT scores is the best predictor of your academic success in college.
The ACT® is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students’ academic readiness for college. The ACT is the capstone of our College and Career Readiness System.The ACT motivates students to perform to their best ability. Test scores reflect what students have learned throughout high school and provide colleges and universities with excellent information for recruiting, advising, placement, and retention.
Taking the test often results in increased college enrollment, especially for underrepresented students. To support college and career planning, the ACT career exploration component helps students identify career options.
Quick facts about the ACT: