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Springfield, IL 62703
217/525-3130
 
download Who is a PARENT for the FAFSA?

Read the document or follow this link for a very simple quiz on figuring out whose information you need for your FASA!

FAFSA

Financial Aid Workshop October 2nd, 2018. FAFSA workshop October 23rd, 2018. Both events are 6:00-8:00 in the SE Library. FAFSA completion during school on Nov 6, 2018. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the mandatory federal application that measures your availability for financial aid. The FAFSA is used to apply for federal and state grants, work-study, and loans, which can make a college education affordable! (Want to know what aid you might be eligible for? Check out this calculator for an estimate!) The FAFSA needs to be completed by the student and family as soon as possible after filing your 2017 Federal Tax forms. If you will not file taxes due to special circumstances, you can begin the application NOW. The application is available at FAFSA.ed.gov after October 1, 2018. Gather the following documents BEFORE starting the FAFSA: *Student Social Security number and parents'/legal guardians' SSN, if providing parent information
 *Student driver's license number
 *2016 Federal Tax Returns, student's (if filing taxes) and parents'/legal guardians' 
*W-2 information, student's and parents'/legal guardians'
*If applicable, records of untaxed income such as veterans benefits, savings, investments, and business and farm assets 
Follow these tips to complete the FAFSA with ease! TIP 1: Fill out the "FAFSA on the Web Worksheet" document before completing the FAFSA online. This paper form of the FAFSA is a copy of the online application. TIP 2: The student and ONE parent/legal guardian need to apply for a PIN, which serves as your electronic signature for the FAFSA. Visit PIN.ed.gov to apply. *When asked if you would like to create your own PIN on the application, leave the answer box blank. This way you can receive the PIN immediately. Otherwise, It can take up to four weeks for the U.S Department of Education to confirm your data. After you click NEXT at the bottom of the page, the screen will ask you how you would like to receive your PIN. Choose the Display Now option and click Submit. TIP 3: Visit FAFSA.ed.gov. In the box labeled *Step 2: Filling out a FASA* on the middle of the page, click on Fill Out Your FAFSA. Choose the 2012-2013 FAFSA and follow the steps accordingly. *Print the Confirmation Page after submitting the application and the FAFSA Summary for your records. TIP 4: A *Help and Hints* box appears on the right hand side of the screen for each question. It provides definitions and clues for answering the question accurately! TIP 5: If at any point in the online application you are still unsure how to answer a question, call 1-800-4-FED-AID. Experts are available to help! 
If you would like individual help completing the FAFSA, you can schedule a time with Ms. Jannazzo. Please call: 525-3130, extension 121. OR Attend the FAFSA for Real FAFSA completion parent/student workshops DATE TBA. 
The FAFSA needs to be completed each year, but you only apply for a PIN once!