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Tips for Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • Make sure to include Leeward's school code: 004549
  • Make sure to sign your application or include your PIN and your parent's PIN.
  • Keep a copy for your records.
  • Start with the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet that allows you to read and complete the questions before entering your information online. Available at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • Gather all the documents you need before filling out the form. Use the checklist below to get organized!

The Documents You'll Need

It may be helpful to have the following information/documents on hand when filling out the FAFSA:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your driver's license (if any)
  • Your W-2 Forms and other records of money earned
  • Your (and your spouse's, if married) Federal Income Tax Return
  • Your parents' Federal Income Tax Return (if you are a dependent student)
  • Your untaxed income records (i.e. if applicable, military benefits information, veterans benefits records, workers' compensation, etc.)
  • 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)

Please refer to the table below to determine which year's income and tax information is required.

ACADEMIC YEAR YOU ARE ATTENDING

WHEN YOU CAN SUBMIT A FAFSA

WHICH YEAR’S INCOME AND TAX INFORMATION IS REQUIRED

2016-2017

January 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017

2015

2017-2018

October 1, 2016 – June 30, 2018

2015

2018-2019

October 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019

2016

2019-2020

October 1, 2018 – June 30, 2020

2017

Keep these records. You may need them again, do not mail the records with the application.

FAFSA Forecaster

You can find out if your family qualities for federal financial aid by going to the FAFSA FORECASTER to get an early estimate of eligibility for federal student aid. This Web site provides an opportunity to increase your knowledge of the financial aid process; become familiar with the various types of federal student aid that are available; and investigate other sources of aid, such as grants and scholarships. The FAFSA4caster can help you determine your estimated family contribution (EFC). The EFC is used by colleges to determine your financial need by comparing it with your cost of education.