Assumed values


While processing a FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA, our system may determine that an answer to a question is incomplete or questionable. For some of those questions an assumed value is entered as a response. An assumed value is based on responses to other questions.

For example, if your adjusted gross income (AGI) is left blank but you answer that you have completed a tax return, we will assume that your AGI is equal to the sum of your (and if married, your spouse's) earned income.

We may also assume that answers are incorrect.

For example, if you enter a parents' household size of 3 and report that the number in college is also 3, we will assume that the accurate number in college is 1.

On a Renewal FAFSA and a Student Aid Report assumed values are indicated with an asterisk (*) displayed next to the field(s) in bold. On Corrections assumed values are indicated by "We Assumed" as part of the answer. If the assumed values are incorrect, you should correct those values. If the assumed values are correct, you should not make any changes.

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