Parents’ 2016 Adjusted Gross Income

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This is question 85 on the FAFSA.

The response indicates the adjusted gross income (AGI) reported on the student's parents’ 2016 income tax return.

If the student’s parents are “married/remarried” and filed a joint tax return, or are single, the AGI can be found on:

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

If the student’s parents filed separate tax returns, the table below can be used to calculate their total AGI.

If one parent filed a… …and the other parent 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 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 1040EZ Add line 4 from both tax returns and enter the total amount

If one or both parents will file a federal tax return, but have not yet filed, estimate the amount that will appear in the lines noted in the table above.

If one of parent has filed a tax return and the other parent did not and will not file, the table below can be used to calculate their total AGI.

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

If the student is Dependent, the response cannot be blank unless the student’s parents will not file a tax return.

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