Complete list of FAFSA questions

Find out what information you'll need before sitting down to complete the form.

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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

NumberQuestion
Question 1Your last name
Question 2Your first name
Question 3Your middle initial
Question 4Your permanent mailing address
Question 5Your city
Question 6Your state
Question 7Your ZIP code
Question 8Your Social Security Number
Question 9Your date of birth
Question 10Your telephone number
Question 11Your driver’s license number
Question 12Your driver’s license state
Question 13Your e-mail adress
Question 14Are you a U.S. citizen
Question 15Your Alien registration number
Question 16What is your marital status?
Question 17Month and year you were married, separated, divorced, or widowed
Question 18What is your state of legal residence?
Question 19Did you become a legal resident of your state before January 1, 2014?
Question 20Month and year you became a legal resident
Question 21Are you male or female?
Question 22Do you want us to register you with the Selective Service System?
Question 23Have 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,
and/or loans)?
Question 24 and 25Highest school your parent completed
Question 26What will your high school completion status be when you begin college in the
2019–2020 school year?
Question 27Student’s High School Name, City, and State
Question 28Will you have your first bachelor’s degree before you begin the 2019–2020
school year?
Question 29What will your college grade level be when you begin the 2019–2020 school
year?
Question 30What degree or certificate will you be working on when you begin the 2019–
2020 school year?
Question 31Are you interested in being considered for work- study?
Question 32Have you completed a 2017 income tax return?
Question 33What income tax return did you file or will you file for 2017?
Question 34For 2017, what is or will be your tax filing status according to your tax
return?
Question 35Were you eligible to file a 1040A or 1040EZ?
Question 36What was your adjusted gross income for 2017?
Question 37What was your income tax for 2017?
Question 38How many exemptions did you claim?
Question 39How much did you earn from working in 2017?
Question 40How much did your spouse earn from working in 2017?
Question 41What is the total current balance of your cash, savings, and checking
accounts?
Question 42What is the net worth of your investments?
Question 43What is the net worth of your current businesses and/or investment farms?
Question 44a) 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
as income?
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 45a) 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 46Were you born before January 1, 1996?
Question 47Are you married?
Question 48At 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
certificate, etc.?)
Question 49Are you currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for
purposes other than training?
Question 50Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces?
Question 51Do 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 52Do 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
30, 2020?
Question 53At 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 54As determined by a court in your state of legal residence, are you or were
you an emancipated minor?
Question 55Does someone other than your parent or stepparent have legal
guardianship of you, as determined by a court in your state of legal residence?
Question 56At 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 57At 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 58At 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
homeless?
Question 59As of today, what is the marital status of your parents?
Question 60Month and year your parents were married, separated, divorced, or
widowed
Question 61 and 65Parent’s Social Security Number
Question 62 and 66Parent’s last name
Question 63 and 67Parent’s first initial
Question 64 and 68Parent’s date of birth
Question 69Your parent’s e-mail address
Question 70What is your parents’ state of legal residence?
Question 71Did your parents become legal residents of their state before January 1,
2014?
Question 72Month and year your parents became legal residents
Question 73Your parents’ number of family members in 2019–2020 (household size)
Question 74How many people in your parents’ household will be college students in
2019–2020?
Question 75 to 79Parents 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 80Have your parents completed a 2017 income tax return?
Question 81What type of income tax return did your parents file or will they file for
2017?
Question 82For 2017, what is or will be your parents’ tax filing status according to
their tax return?
Question 83Were your parents eligible to file a 1040A or 1040EZ?
Question 84Is either of your parents a dislocated worker?
Question 85What was your parents’ adjusted gross income for 2017?
Question 86What was your parents’ total income tax for 2017?
Question 87How many exemptions did your parents claim?
Question 88 and 89How much did your parent earn from working in 2017?
Question 90What is the total current balance of your parents’ cash, savings, and
checking accounts?
Question 91What is the net worth of your parents’ investments?
Question 92What is the net worth of your parents’ current businesses and/or investment farms?
Question 93a) 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
programs?
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 94a) 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 95Your number of family members in 2019–2020 (household size
Question 96How many people in your household will be in college in 2019–2020?
Question 97 to 101Students 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 102Are you or your spouse a dislocated worker?
Question 103a, 103c, 103e, 103gFederal School Code
Question 103b, 103d, 103f, 103hHousing Plans
Question 104Date this form was completed
Question 105Student and Parent signature
Question 106Preparer’s Social Security Number
Question 107Preparer’s Employer Identification Number
Question 108Preparer’s Signature and Date

Source: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/2019-20-completing-fafsa.pdf

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Bottom line

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 is June 30, 2020, but check out our page on FAFSA deadlines to see if your state has their own deadline as well.

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