One of the most important steps to take before sitting down to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is to gather up all of the documents that you’ll need to fill out the application. Depending on your situation, this could be a simple process or a lengthy one.
We’ve all been there; you know you remember seeing that form somewhere … but where? (Side note: Why aren’t things ever where you think you last saw them?) All lost forms aside, we’ve listed three helpful tips for finding the FAFSA documents you’ll need to apply.
Are you gearing up to apply for the FAFSA, but have questions on some of the documents you’ll need (like what are they and where can you find them)? We’ve got you covered.
For first-time filers, first-generation college students, or frankly, anyone who isn’t an accountant, we’ve provided some FAFSA document examples to help you complete your application in a snap.
Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has gotten easier and easier every year. Today, the most challenging part of completing the FAFSA is knowing what documents to have on hand before you can apply.
To help eliminate any surprises, I’m going to go over all of the required documents that you’ll need with you when you complete the FAFSA, as well as some tips on how to find them.
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When it comes to independent students and parental assistance, the philosophy of the federal government is that your family is your primary source of financial support for attaining a college education.
Regardless of your parents’ willingness (or lack thereof) to help, the federal government believes that it is their duty to help. Meaning, it’s not easy to just say “my family won’t help” and qualify for financial aid on your own.
Special circumstances allow students to file as independent when completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The federal government lets financial aid officers use their professional judgment on a case-by-case basis to make necessary adjustments to your financial aid package. This means that if you feel that you need to be considered an independent student, you may be able to qualify for professional judgment if you can provide proof of your “special circumstances.”
An independent student is an individual that is not reasonably expected to receive parental financial support for their college education.
The federal government has clearly outlined what circumstances qualify a student as an independent, and it rarely grants exceptions to their rules. In fact, even if you don’t receive a single penny of support from your parents (maybe you even live on your own), you could still be considered a dependent student.
We’re all about making things easier for students. So, when we decided to tackle the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) dependency question, we thought what better way to simplify the process than explain the dependency requirements which cause the most confusion:
Children and dependents
Active-duty members or veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces
Foster, orphan, or ward of the court