Complete list of FAFSA questions
Find out what information you'll need before sitting down to complete the form.
Applying for federal student aid is one of the most important steps in figuring out how to pay for college. While filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form can be daunting, knowing what information you need ahead of time can help.
Below is a list of all the questions you’ll be asked to answer on the FAFSA. You can use this as a guide to help you gather any documents or information you need before sitting down to complete the form.
100+ questions on the FAFSA
|Question 1||Your last name|
|Question 2||Your first name|
|Question 3||Your middle initial|
|Question 4||Your permanent mailing address|
|Question 5||Your city|
|Question 6||Your state|
|Question 7||Your ZIP code|
|Question 8||Your Social Security Number|
|Question 9||Your date of birth|
|Question 10||Your telephone number|
|Question 11||Your driver’s license number|
|Question 12||Your driver’s license state|
|Question 13||Your e-mail adress|
|Question 14||Are you a U.S. citizen|
|Question 15||Your Alien registration number|
|Question 16||What is your marital status?|
|Question 17||Month and year you were married, separated, divorced, or widowed|
|Question 18||What is your state of legal residence?|
|Question 19||Did you become a legal resident of your state before January 1, 2014?|
|Question 20||Month and year you became a legal resident|
|Question 21||Are you male or female?|
|Question 22||Do you want us to register you with the Selective Service System?|
|Question 23||Have you been convicted for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an|
offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid (grants, work-study,
|Question 24 and 25||Highest school your parent completed|
|Question 26||What will your high school completion status be when you begin college in the|
2019–2020 school year?
|Question 27||Student’s High School Name, City, and State|
|Question 28||Will you have your first bachelor’s degree before you begin the 2019–2020|
|Question 29||What will your college grade level be when you begin the 2019–2020 school|
|Question 30||What degree or certificate will you be working on when you begin the 2019–|
2020 school year?
|Question 31||Are you interested in being considered for work- study?|
|Question 32||Have you completed a 2017 income tax return?|
|Question 33||What income tax return did you file or will you file for 2017?|
|Question 34||For 2017, what is or will be your tax filing status according to your tax|
|Question 35||Were you eligible to file a 1040A or 1040EZ?|
|Question 36||What was your adjusted gross income for 2017?|
|Question 37||What was your income tax for 2017?|
|Question 38||How many exemptions did you claim?|
|Question 39||How much did you earn from working in 2017?|
|Question 40||How much did your spouse earn from working in 2017?|
|Question 41||What is the total current balance of your cash, savings, and checking|
|Question 42||What is the net worth of your investments?|
|Question 43||What is the net worth of your current businesses and/or investment farms?|
|Question 44||a) What were your total education credits?|
b) How much total child support did you pay?
c) What were your taxable earnings from need-based employment programs?
d) How much taxable college grant or scholarship aid did you report to the IRS
e) How much combat pay or special combat pay did you report in your AGI?
f) What were your earnings from work under a Cooperative Education
Program offered by a college?
|Question 45||a) What were your total tax-deferred pension payments?|
b) How much did you pay to your IRA or Keogh?
c) How much total child support did you receive?
d) What was your total tax-exempt interest income?
e) What were your total untaxed portions of IRA distributions? f) What were your total untaxed portions of pensions?
g) What were your total allowances received?
h) What were your total veterans noneducation benefits?
i) What was the total of your other untaxed income or benefits?j) What other money has been paid on your behalf?
|Question 46||Were you born before January 1, 1996?|
|Question 47||Are you married?|
|Question 48||At the beginning of the 2019–2020 school year, will you be working on a|
master’s or doctorate program (such as an MA, MBA, MD, JD, PhD, EdD, or graduate
|Question 49||Are you currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for|
purposes other than training?
|Question 50||Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces?|
|Question 51||Do you now have or will you have children who will receive more than half|
of their support from you between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020?
|Question 52||Do you have dependents (other than your children or spouse) who live with|
you and who receive more than half of their support from you, now and through June
|Question 53||At any time since you turned age 13, were both your parents deceased,|
were you in foster care or were you a dependent or ward of the court?
|Question 54||As determined by a court in your state of legal residence, are you or were|
you an emancipated minor?
|Question 55||Does someone other than your parent or stepparent have legal|
guardianship of you, as determined by a court in your state of legal residence?
|Question 56||At any time on or after July 1, 2018, did your high school or school district|
homeless liaison determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or
were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?
|Question 57||At any time on or after July 1, 2018, did the director of an emergency|
shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was
homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?
|Question 58||At any time on or after July 1, 2018, did the director of a runaway or|
homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determine that you were an
unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being
|Question 59||As of today, what is the marital status of your parents?|
|Question 60||Month and year your parents were married, separated, divorced, or|
|Question 61 and 65||Parent’s Social Security Number|
|Question 62 and 66||Parent’s last name|
|Question 63 and 67||Parent’s first initial|
|Question 64 and 68||Parent’s date of birth|
|Question 69||Your parent’s e-mail address|
|Question 70||What is your parents’ state of legal residence?|
|Question 71||Did your parents become legal residents of their state before January 1,|
|Question 72||Month and year your parents became legal residents|
|Question 73||Your parents’ number of family members in 2019–2020 (household size)|
|Question 74||How many people in your parents’ household will be college students in|
|Question 75 to 79||Parents Received Medicaid/Supplemental Security|
Income/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Free or Reduced Price
School Lunch/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)/Special Supplemental
Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children?
|Question 80||Have your parents completed a 2017 income tax return?|
|Question 81||What type of income tax return did your parents file or will they file for|
|Question 82||For 2017, what is or will be your parents’ tax filing status according to|
their tax return?
|Question 83||Were your parents eligible to file a 1040A or 1040EZ?|
|Question 84||Is either of your parents a dislocated worker?|
|Question 85||What was your parents’ adjusted gross income for 2017?|
|Question 86||What was your parents’ total income tax for 2017?|
|Question 87||How many exemptions did your parents claim?|
|Question 88 and 89||How much did your parent earn from working in 2017?|
|Question 90||What is the total current balance of your parents’ cash, savings, and|
|Question 91||What is the net worth of your parents’ investments?|
|Question 92||What is the net worth of your parents’ current businesses and/or investment farms?|
|Question 93||a) What were your parents’ total education credits?|
b) How much total child support did your parents pay?
c) What were your parents’ taxable earnings from need-based employment
d) How much taxable college grant or scholarship aid did your parents report to the IRS as Income?
e) How much combat pay or special combat pay did your parents report in their AGI?
f) What were your parents’ earnings from work under a Cooperative Education Program offered by a college?
|Question 94||a) What were your parents’ total tax-deferred pension payments?|
b) How much did your parents pay to their IRA or Keogh?
c) How much total child support did your parents receive?
d) What was your parents’ total tax-exempt interest income?
e) What were your parents’ total untaxed portions of IRA distributions?
f) What were your parents’ total untaxed portions of pensions?
g) What were your parents’ total allowances received?
h) What were your parents’ total veterans noneducation benefits?
i) What was the total of your parents’ other untaxed income or benefits?
|Question 95||Your number of family members in 2019–2020 (household size|
|Question 96||How many people in your household will be in college in 2019–2020?|
|Question 97 to 101||Students Received Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI),|
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Free or Reduced Price School
Lunch, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Special Supplemental
Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
|Question 102||Are you or your spouse a dislocated worker?|
|Question 103a, 103c, 103e, 103g||Federal School Code|
|Question 103b, 103d, 103f, 103h||Housing Plans|
|Question 104||Date this form was completed|
|Question 105||Student and Parent signature|
|Question 106||Preparer’s Social Security Number|
|Question 107||Preparer’s Employer Identification Number|
|Question 108||Preparer’s Signature and Date|
Compiling all of the information you need before sitting down to fill out the FAFSA can make for a smoother application process. The government recommends submitting the FAFSA as soon as you can, since many states provide aid on a first-come, first-served basis. The federal deadline for the 2019-2020 academic year was June 30, 2020, but check to see if your state has their own deadline as well.
Already sent in your form and want to learn more about how to pay for college? Read our guide to student loans to compare federal versus private loans, interest rates and repayment options.
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