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They will evaluate your condition and tell you if they can
override the need for parent information. The California
Student Aid Commission does not have the authority to
override dependency or financial information.
Families with incomes of $56,000 or below may qualify for
FREE federal tax preparation under the Internal Revenue
Service (IRS) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
program. For more information, go tohttps://www.ftb. ca.gov/individuals/vita/.
FEDERAL STUDENT AID IDENTIFICATION
NUMBER (FSA ID)
The FSA ID is a username and password that you must
use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED)
websites. Your FSA ID identifies you as someone who has
the right to access your own personal information on ED
websites such as the Free Application for Federal Student
Aid (FAFSA®) atwww.fafsa.gov .
If you are a parent of a dependent student, you will
need your own FSA ID if you want to sign your child’s
FAFSA electronically. If you have more than one child
attending college, you can use the same FSA ID to sign all
applications. Please note: Each FSA ID user must have a
unique email address.
Your FSA ID is used to sign legally binding documents
electronically. It has the same legal status as a written
signature. Don’t give your FSA ID to anyone—not even to
someone helping you fill out the FAFSA. Sharing your FSA ID
could put you at risk of identity theft!
The FSA ID replaces the FAFSA PIN which was launched
in 1998, and while it served students and their families well
for 17 years, a lot has changed in that time. The new FSA ID
includes features such as resetting forgotten passwords with
email, using an email address instead of a username to log
in, and compatibility with more browsers and devices.
To complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA), students will need:
• Your Social Security number (it’s important to enter it
correctly on the FAFSA!) You’ll need it to apply for most
federal and state aid (not needed for California Dream
Act Application). If you don’t have one, go towww.ssa. gov o
r call the Social Security office at 1-800-772-1213.
• California students who have applied for or received
approval for Deferred Action should complete the
California Dream Act Application.
• Your parents’ Social Security numbers if you are a
• Your driver’s license number if you have one
• Your Alien Registration Number if you are not
a U.S. citizen
• Federal tax information or tax returns including IRS W-2
information, for you (and your spouse, if you are married),
and for your parents if you are a dependent student:
• IRS 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ
• Foreign tax return and/or
• Tax return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa,
the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the
Federal States of Micronesia, or Palau
• Records of your untaxed income, such as child
support received, interest income, and veterans’ non-
education benefits, for you, and for your parents if you
are a dependent student
• Information on cash; savings and checking account
balances; investments, including stocks and bonds
and real estate but not including the home in which
you live; and business and farm assets for you, and for
your parents if you are a dependent student
The FAFSA is an online form that takes approximately 30
minutes to complete. It has approximately 103 questions
and it requires parent/guardian level IRS tax information for
dependent students. The FAFSA can be started,
saved in-progress, submitted, and completed within 45 days.
However, the FAFSA must be SUBMITTED prior to
the March 2 deadline to maximize opportunities for
California state aid programs.
WHAT DOES EXPECTED FAMILY
CONTRIBUTION (EFC) MEAN?
The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is a measure of a
family’s financial strength and is calculated according to a
formula established by law. A family’s taxed and untaxed
income, assets, and benefits (such as unemployment or
Social Security) are all considered in the formula. Also
considered are family size and the number of family
members who will attend college during the year. Filing a
complete FAFSA determines the EFC. Colleges use the EFC
to determine students’ federal financial aid eligibility and
total financial aid award package.
The information you report on your Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or your FAFSA4caster is used
to calculate your EFC. When a FAFSA is e-signed using
a FSA ID, and an email address is provided, an EFC is
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Note: Your EFC is not the amount of money your family
will have to pay for college nor is it the amount of federal
student aid you will receive. It is a number used by your
school to calculate the amount of federal student aid you
are eligible to receive. Go to FAFSA on the Web atwww. fafsa.gov an
d select the “Help” icon at the top of any page
of the application. The “Help” page lists all of the available
options for getting additional assistance, including a live
help option that is available through a secure online chat
session with one of our customer service representatives.
You can call us at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).
TTY users can call 1-800-730-8913. Lastly, you also can
email us with any technical issues you may have while
you are completing the application. The address isFederalStudentAidCustomerService@ed.gov.
COLLEGES BOARD OF
GOVERNORS (BOG) FEE WAIVER
For eligible California residents, the Board of
Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver permits enrollment