FAFSA Common Questions

Common FAFSA Questions, Instructions and Answers

Delays in processing your FAFSA by the Department of Education will occur if you do not respond to all of the questions on the FAFSA. In order for the Office of Financial Aid to process your financial aid award accurately and efficiently, there are several questions on the FAFSA that will require your attention; some of which can be confusing or may generate mistakes if not filled out properly. These questions are listed below, along with guidance on how to best complete the FAFSA question.

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Am I considered a Dependent or Independent student?

What will your college grade level be when you begin the school year?

What degree or certificate will you be working on when you begin the school year?

Have you been convicted of the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid (such as grants, work-study, or loans)

Adding school code information and correct housing plans to the FAFSA.

As of today, what are your current total assets (cash, savings, checking, businesses, investment farms, etc.)?

Where do I find the amount of income tax paid?

Where do I find the amount of grant and scholarship aid reported to the IRS?

Are you eligible to file a 1040A/EZ tax return with the IRS?