I copied this directly from the www.fafsa.gov website page. The link below indicates the direct link you can click on. Most people just don’t know exactly where to look, so at this point of the year, it’s easier to give you directly what you need on preparing yourself for applying for financial aid.


Documents Needed for being ready for applying for financial aid:

You will need records of income earned in the year before when you will start school. **You may also need records of your parents´ income information if you are a dependent student.**

For the 2010-2011 school year you will need financial information from 2009. You will need to refer to:

Your Social Security Number. Be sure it is correct!
Your driver’s license (if any)
Your 2009 W-2 Forms and other records of money earned
Your (and your spouse´s, if you are married) 2009 Federal Income Tax Return.

  • IRS 1040, 1040A, 1040 EZ
  • Foreign Tax Return, or
  • Tax Return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federal States of Micronesia, or Palau
Your Parents´ 2009 Federal Income Tax Return (if you are a dependent student)
Your 2009 untaxed income records

  • Veterans noneducation benefit records
  • Child support received
  • Worker’s compensation
Your current bank statements
Your current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond and other investment records
Your alien registration or permanent resident card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

To organize your information, print and complete a FAFSA on the Web Worksheet before you begin entering your information online.

Keep these records! You may need them again. Do not mail your records to Federal Student Aid. It’s a very simple process, so don’t be stressed. But be ready and have a file folder titled “FAFSA” on it. Keep everything you get about this in that file.

Don’t throw anything away. Below is the link to the page from above:


Your success is my success,


Keith Lipke is a careers and college coach, mentor and blogger at The Hope Chest. His passion is to educate, inspire, and give hope to young people who need it upon their search for the right career and college.