What You Need to Complete the FAFSA

Filling out the FAFSA may seem overwhelming at first. If you’re getting ready to fill out your FAFSA, don’t delay; the faster you submit it, the more aid you’re likely to receive.

One of the most important parts of filling out your FAFSA quickly and accurately is preparation. Here’s everything you’ll need to gather before you should get started.

What you’ll need

  • Your social security number and your parents’ social security numbers
  • Your driver’s license
  • W-2 forms
  • Your parents’ federal tax return from the previous year if you’re applying for aid for the 2016-2017 academic year. Don’t wait to fill out the FAFSA if you don’t have this yet – you can provide an estimate to get the FAFSA in quickly and adjust it at a later date. If you’re applying for aid for the 2017-2018 school year or later, you use the tax returns from two years ago.
  • Current bank statements
  • Stock, bond, mutual fund, and investment information
  • Your alien registration card or permanent resident card (for non-U.S. citizens)
  • Your FSA ID
  • Child support information, if your parents are divorced

Original Post Date: January 29th, 2016

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IRS Data Retrieval Tool

Each year, millions of students and parents use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer income and tax information from their federal income tax returns into the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This saves them time and reduces the likelihood that the FAFSA will be selected for verification. It also improves the accuracy of the FAFSA. Read the rest of this entry »

Original Post Date: January 28th, 2016

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Introducing the New My Dashboard

Choosing a college or university is one of the most important choices a high school student will make. Unfortunately, it’s not an easy decision! With so many schools to choose from, students can become overwhelmed or overlook colleges that are a great fit. That’s why Cappex has launched a brand-new dashboard that recommends colleges and universities based on a student’s personal preferences.Email-Header-600x300

Different factors weigh into the college search process. Some students want to stay close to home while others are concerned about the availability of their prospective major. Narrowing down the list of schools that fit into a student’s criteria hasn’t always been easy until now.

The new Cappex dashboard allows students to see which schools fit their location preference and offer the majors they’re considering. Those who want to major in public relations and live in the Midwest may see Loyola University Chicago and the University of Central Missouri while students who want to study anthropology in the Northeast will see schools like Drexel University and Amherst College. This gives them the opportunity to see all the schools that match their preferences in one place and learn about schools they may have never heard of or considered.

Check out the new My Dashboard tool and let us know what you think!

Original Post Date: January 28th, 2016

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