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

What income tax return did you file or will you file for 2016?

What was your adjusted gross income for 2016?

Student’s wages, salaries, tips, etc.

Student’s interest income

Student’s dividends

Student’s other taxable income

Student’s IRS-allowable adjustments to income

How much did you earn from working in 2016?

How much did your spouse earn from working in 2016?

Did you or your spouse file an IRS Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) in 2016?

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

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

Are you or your spouse 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 you eligible to file a 1040A or 1040EZ?

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

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