How to Answer FAFSA Question #57-64: Parents' Social Security Information

How to Answer FAFSA Question #57-64 Parents' Social Security Information

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What are the Social Security Numbers, names and dates of birth of the parents reporting information on this form?  
If your parent does not have a Social Security Number, you must enter 000-00-0000. Don't enter an individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) in the Social Security Number field. If the name includes a suffix, such as Jr. or III, include a space between the last name and suffix. Enter two digits for each day and month (e.g., for May 31, enter 05 31).

Questions 57-60 are for Parent 1(father/mother/stepparent):

57.  Social Security Number
  • __ __ __ - __ __ - __ __ __ __
58.  Last Name, and
  • ___________________________

59.  First Initial

  • __

60.  Date of Birth

  • __ __ / __ __ / 1 9 __ __

Questions 61-64 are for Parent 2 (father/mother/stepparent):

61.  Social Security Number
  • __ __ __ - __ __ - __ __ __ __
62.  Last Name, and
  • ___________________________

63.  First Initial

  • __

64.  Date of Birth

  • __ __ / __ __ / 1 9 __ __

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Why are they asking this information?

For this series of questions, the FAFSA asks you to report your parent’s Social Security Number(s), exact date(s) of birth, first initial(s), and full last name(s) for further verification and accuracy.

How to answer this question / fill out this section

You will notice that you have two options: “Parent 1” and “Parent 2.” You may choose whichever of your parents for either field, but please be sure to enter the correct information into each of these separate fields (if applicable) as it appears on their Social Security card(s) and birth certificate(s). Do not mix “Parent 1” figures with “Parent 2” as this may cause an error in your application.

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