FAFSA Documents Checklist

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If the student is a dependent student, complete the student and parents columns on the checklist. If the student is an independent student and married, complete the student and spouse columns on the checklist. Otherwise, complete just the student column on the checklist.

Keep copies of all documents used to complete the FAFSA including a copy of the summary and confirmation pages (if the FAFSA is submitted online) or a copy of the completed FAFSA (if a print or PDF version of the FAFSA is filed), as well as a copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR).

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Document Student Parents Spouse
Driver’s License (if any)                        
Alien Registration Card (if an eligible non-citizen)
Social Security Cards


W-2 Forms (if available)
1099 Forms (if available)
Records of Earned Income (e.g., pay stubs)
Records of other taxable income such as unemployment benefits


Federal income tax returns for the prior tax year, if completed (IRS Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ or the equivalent foreign income tax return)
Record of child support paid, if any
Records of untaxed income, if any

Records of student aid funds that were included in adjusted gross income (AGI), such as the taxable portion of scholarships and AmeriCorps benefits
Records of taxable earnings from Federal Work-Study or other need-based work programs
Current bank and brokerage account statements as of the date the FAFSA is completed
Current records of stocks, bond, mutual funds and other investments
FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID)
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