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10 Things You Need to Complete the FAFSA

Things you need to complete the FAFSA
Item Dependent Students Parents Student's Spouse
List of schools you wish to send FAFSA results to X    
FSA ID username and password X X X
Biographical information like Social Security number and birthdate X X X
A-number for non-citizens X    
Prior prior year income tax returns, W-2s and other records of money earned X X X
Current bank statements and investment records X X X
Information on federal benefits received X X  
Prior prior year untaxed income, business and farm records X X X
Child support received or paid X X  
Marriage status and date of separation or divorce X X  

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