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: |
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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.