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: |
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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.