Helpful Hints on Completing the FAFSA
To be eligible for federal student aid, you must…
- Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen, with a valid Social Security number.
- Have a high school diploma, General Education Development (GED) or equivalent home school credential, or pass an approved “ability to benefit” test.
- Enroll as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program approved by the U.S. Dept. of Education.
- Register (or have registered) for Selective Service (applies to males between the ages of 18 to 25).
FAFSA on the Web
File the FAFSA electronically at: www.fafsa.ed.gov
When to apply…
- Apply for financial aid no earlier than the senior year in high school.
- The FAFSA filing period begins January 1.
- CCCUA has a priority filing deadline as early as May 1st for the Fall semester and November 1st for the Spring semester.
- Students can still complete the FAFSA past the priority filing date, but may miss out on major aid programs.
- You do not have to be admitted to a college to apply for financial aid.
- Naturalized citizens: Make sure SSA has your naturalization on file.
Documents You Will Need to Complete the FAFSA
- Social Security number.
- Driver’s license.
- W-2 forms and other records of money earned.
- Federal income tax returns –IRS Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, 1040 Telefile, foreign tax return.
- Untaxed income records – Social Security, Temporary Assistance to needy families, welfare or veterans’ benefit records.
- Current bank statements.
- Current business and investment mortgage information.
- Business and farm records.
- Records of stocks, bonds, and other investments.