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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.

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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 Finances 2” page. Not all questions display for all students.

What type of income tax return did your parents file or will they file for 2016?

What was your parents’ adjusted gross income for 2016?

Parents’ wages, salaries, tips, etc.

Parents’ interest income

Parents’ dividends

Parents’ other taxable income

Parents’ IRS-allowable adjustments to income

How much did your parent earn from working in 2016?

Did either (or both) of your parents file an IRS Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) for 2016?

Enter the amount that your parent reported in Box 14 [Code A] of IRS Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) for 2016

Is either of your parents a dislocated worker?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Free or Reduced Price School Lunch

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

None of the above

Were your parents eligible to file a 1040A or 1040EZ?

Do you want to skip the remaining questions about your and your parents’ income and assets?

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