Student’s 2016 Adjusted Gross Income

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This is question 36 on the FAFSA.

The response indicates the adjusted gross income (AGI) reported on the student’s (and his/her spouse’s joint) 2016 income tax return.

The AGI can be found on:

IRS Form Line #
1040 37
1040A 21
1040EZ 4

If the student and the spouse filed separate tax returns, the table below can be used to calculate their total AGI.

If the student filed a… …and his/her spouse filed a… Then enter the following:
1040 1040 Add line 37 from both tax returns and enter the total amount
1040 1040A Add line 37 from the 1040 and line 21 from the 1040A and enter the total amount
1040 1040EZ Add line 37 from the 1040 and line 4 from the 1040EZ and enter the total amount
1040A 1040 Add line 21 from the 1040A and line 37 from the 1040 and enter the total amount
1040A 1040A Add line 21 from both tax returns and enter the total amount
1040A 1040EZ Add line 21 from the 1040A and line 4 from the 1040EZ and enter the total amount
1040EZ 1040 Add line 4 from the 1040EZ and line 37 from the 1040 and enter the total amount
1040EZ 1040A Add line 4 from the 1040EZ and line 21 from the 1040A and enter the total amount
1040EZ 1040EZ Add line 4 from both tax returns and enter the total amount

If the student or spouse will file a federal tax return, but has not yet filed, estimate the amount that will appear in the lines noted in the table above.

If either the student or spouse has filed a tax return or did not and will not file, the table below can be used to calculate their AGI.

If the student… …and the spouse… Then enter the following:
filed a 1040 did not and will not file Add line 37 from the 1040 to the spouse's income earned from working (for example, earnings from the W-2 form(s) and/or any other earning statements)
filed a 1040A Add line 21 from the 1040A to the spouse's income earned from working (for example, earnings from the W-2 form(s) and/or any other earning statements)
filed a 1040EZ Add line 4 from the 1040EZ to the spouse's income earned from working (for example, earnings from the W-2 form(s) and/or any other earning statements)
did not and will not file filed a 1040 Add line 37 from the 1040 to the student's income earned from working (for example, earnings from the W-2 form(s) and/or any other earning statements)
filed a 1040A Add line 21 from the 1040A to the student's income earned from working (for example, earnings from the W-2 form(s) and/or any other earning statements)
filed a 1040EZ Add line 4 from the 1040EZ to the student's income earned from working (for example, earnings from the W-2 form(s) and/or any other earning statements)

The Income Estimator worksheet can be used to estimate the AGI if a 2016 tax form will be filed, but has not yet been completed.

The response cannot be blank unless the student will not file a tax return.

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