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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 to




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®) at .

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 to

www.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

dependent student

• 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.



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

generated instantly.

Join the conversation: #FAFSA

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 at

www. 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 is




For eligible California residents, the Board of

Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver permits enrollment