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Instructions are provided for each FAFSA question in the Help and Hints section on the right side of the page. When additional instructions are available, Help and Hints will include a “More” hyperlink.

To access Help and Hints:

You can also use your keyboard’s tab key to move from field to field. The Help and Hints will change as you move from one FAFSA question to another.

If you cannot access the Help and Hints, use the Search function in the upper right-hand corner of the page to find specific information for each question. For example, if you need to know where to find the adjusted gross income on your tax return, type “adjusted gross income” without the quotes into the Search box.

If you review the help provided and still have questions about the FAFSA, you can view additional help options by clicking Help at the top of any page.

The following help topics relate to questions that may be asked on the “Parent Demographics” page. Not all questions display for all students.

As of today, what is the marital status of your parents?

Month and year your parents were married, separated, divorced, or widowed

Which parent’s information will be provided?

What is your parent’s Social Security Number?

What is your parent’s last name?

What is your parent’s first initial?

What is your parent’s date of birth?

Your parents’ e-mail address

Re-enter your parents’ e-mail address

Have your parents lived in their state for at least 5 years?

What is your parents’ state of legal residence?

Did your parents become legal residents of their state before January 1, 2013?

Month and year your parents became legal residents

Your parents’ number of family members in 2018-2019 (household size)

Parents’ children

Parents’ other dependents

How many people in your parents’ household will be college students in 2018-2019?

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