Home > Financial Aid > Financial Aid Information > Organize Your Financial Aid Documents

Organize Your Financial Aid Documents

It’s a good idea to get organized before you start the process of applying for college student financial aid. Set aside a drawer or file cabinet to hold the documents that you will need to apply for financial aid so you don’t find yourself having to rummage through stacks of paper every time you fill out an application.

Documents Needed for FAFSA

You will need the following information to complete the FAFSA financial aid forms necessary for determining federal student financial aid eligibility. Many scholarship and state programs will also require copies of or information from these documents.

  • Social security number
  • Drivers license
  • W-2 and 1099 forms
  • Most recent federal tax return
  • Records of your family’s untaxed income from the past year(for example, Social Security, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Veteran’s benefits, welfare, etc.)
  • Most recent bank statements
  • Business income records
  • Mortgage information
  • Investment information (stocks, bonds, etc)
  • For Non-US citizens, a permanent resident card or alien registration number
  • Dependent students will need all information for themselves and their parents
  • Married students will have to supply information for themselves and their spouses

Additional Documents

If you plan to apply for any scholarships or other types of financial aid assistance, it is a good idea to keep these additional documents with the information you will need to complete the FAFSA:

  • High school transcripts
  • Transcripts for previous college work
  • Contact information for references
  • Copies of letters of recommendation
  • A current resume
  • Scholarship application essays
  • Statement of career goals
  • Any other relevant documentation

Latest College & Financial Aid News

Michigan Offers Free Community College Education to Essential Workers

September 24, 2020

by Susan Dutca-Lovell

The state of Michigan is set to offer two years of free community college to essential workers who were required by their job to leave the house and work at least 11 weeks in the spring during the coronavirus pandemic. This unique opportunity, called Futures for Frontliners, opens doors to essential workers who are not commonly considered front-line workers and an estimated 600,000 residents could qualify. [...]

Colleges Waiving SAT and ACT Requirements for Merit Scholarships

September 22, 2020

by Izzy Hall

Many colleges have waived SAT and ACT score requirements for high school seniors currently applying to college due to how difficult it has been to sign up for standardized testing during the coronavirus pandemic. Now some colleges are also waiving standardized test score requirements when awarding merit scholarships to incoming students. Instead of requiring SAT and ACT scores, these schools will award scholarships based on high school GPA. [...]

Introducing Scholarships.com’s Online Education Section for Students

September 17, 2020

by Izzy Hall

It’s new. It’s different. It can be frustrating. It’s probably how you’re experiencing school these days. It’s online education. The coronavirus has rapidly expanded the adoption of online, virtual and distance learning, from college all the way down to elementary school. As a relatively new practice, schools, students and staff have all had to make adjustments to their curriculums and their expectations. Students may be wondering – how can I be successful in online school? How can I make it work for me? Our new Online Education section has the answers to all of your online learning questions. [...]