How to Complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA Application

To help you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), prepare all of the required documents and follow our question-by-question guide. If you need more help from our financial aid expert, sign up here for a free printable FAFSA guide.

Information you’ll need to fill out the FAFSA:

  • Your FSA ID, which you can create on Note that students and parents will need to create their own FSA ID and keep it private.
  • Your social security number and driver’s license, and/or alien registration number if you are not a U.S. citizen.
  • Your federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned.
  • Your parents income tax returns, W-2 forms and 1040 forms if you’re a dependent.
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable).
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable).
  • Title IV Institution Codes for each school you’re applying to, which you can find from the FAFSA federal school code search.

step one

Click on an orange number

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Learn how to answer the question

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Complete the answer on


Step One: Login


Step Two: Student Demographics


Step Three: School Selection


Step Four: Dependency Status


Step Five: Dependency Status


Step Six: Financial Information


Step Seven: Sign & Submit


If you are having trouble with one of the questions, email us at We'd be happy to help answer any FAFSA-related questions you may have.

Once you submit your FAFSA, plan ahead by applying to scholarships that fit your qualifications. To find the perfect fit, use our free college scholarship guides to sort through scholarships based on your eligibility, award amount and if you qualify for need-based aid.