No problem. There are several resources that you can use to understand what they are asking. Our favorite is by clicking on the ? within the form at the end of each question. This will pop up with a help and hints box.
This is tricky. The government requires parent information if you cannot answer yes to the dependency questions. However, there are unique situations where you may want to speak with a Financial Aid Specialist to determine next steps. These cases usually involve abuse, neglect or death of both parents. We understand these are tough situations to talk about, but we understand every situation doesn’t fall into a cut and dry answer. You can always submit your FAFSA without parental information and then we will follow up.
The FAFSA asks you to list on the FAFSA the parent who provides more than 50% of your support, and/or whom you live with. If that parent is married or remarried, then the new spouse must be listed on the FAFSA, including their income. The FAFSA is asking for household income, not each biological parent separately. If biological parents are living together and not married, then both of their income should be reported.
The government is very specific in who does and who does not have to include parent information. If you cannot answer yes to one of the dependency questions (are you 24, married, have children you support, a veteran etc.) then you do need to provide parent information. The government does not consider self sufficiency, in itself, a reason for a student to not be dependent on their parents.
That’s ok. You can either use estimated information or you can link to the IRS site and it will do it for you.
That’s ok too, just answer that you will not file and the income and taxes are 0.
The question asks "will you file" "will not file" or "already filed". Choose the one that best fits your situation. However, because the FAFSA now allows you to input tax information from a couple years ago, you will need to go in and update it.
We’d encourage you to fill out the FAFSA now as the questions directly ask, and then work with your Financial Aid Specialist to determine if you may be eligible for a Professional Judgment appeal.
Yes, we’ve experienced lots of students having success with the mobile application. The FSA Id can be tricky on your phone, but it is doable.