FAFSA Instructions 2021-2022

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1. Download the My Student Aid App from the U.S. Department of Education on your phone.

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2. Go to the FAFSA website on your computer: www.fafsa.ed.gov and click “Start Here”.

Started

Get Started Section

a) Students, if you have an FSA ID, select “I am the Student”, if not, go to “b”.

b) If you don’t yet have a FSA ID, click on “Enter Student’s Information”
Enter the student’s info then click “next”:
Later you will be asked to create a FSA ID, Record it here:
Disclaimer- to use the FAFSA you must agree to the terms by clicking “Accept”
Once you click “accept”, on the following screen select “Start a 2021-2022 FAFSA”

demographic

Student Demographic Information

NOTE: As you go through the pages look for the bar on the top of the page to know if the information they want is for the student or the parent. Also look for the question marks next to the question to help you answer it.

residency

Student Residency Information

selection

School Selection

Dependency

Dependency Status

Dependency Determination – most of you will answer NO to all – but read to make sure!
Answer the following questions to determine if you are required to provide information about your parents on your FAFSA. Check all that apply or check None of the above. (If this applies to you check the box. Most students will answer None of the Above.)
Dependency Status Results

Demographics

Parent Demographics Information

What parent’s information do you include?
CA – Only Have your parents lived in California for at least 5 years? Answer yes or no
Household Size (make sure to include yourself)
See next page for screenshot
Number in College (make sure to include yourself)

Financial

Financial Information

(Start Paying Attention To Help & Hints Box On Right)
Parent Tax Information
Authorization… Click OK
Enter information for parent whose FSA ID you created
IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG:
**Something went wrong: If you receive this message, you will not be able to use the IRS retrieval tool and instead must manually enter changes.
Reasons:
  1. Tool may be down
  2. May not have filed 2019 Taxes
  3. May owe money to the IRS
Once you have connected to your IRS account:
This will bring you back to the FAFSA page, confirming your information has transferred
For the rest of the tax questions, read each carefully, look for the line number listed for your tax form. If it asks you if you want to skip any questions about you or your parent/guardian(s) income or assets select NO
Student Tax Information

Submit

Sign And Submit!

IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE SUBMITTING ONLINE/ON YOUR COMPUTER,
LOG IN ON THE
My Student Aid App and submit there.
Student Signature
It will then move you to sign as your parent
Parent/Guardian Signature
IF YOUR PARENT/GUARDIAN has a SSN- Select Provide Parent Signature
**If either parent has a Social Security Number but hasn’t created a FSA ID username, create one now Create an FSA ID Instructions
SKIP TO FINAL STEPS (No need for signature page if used FSA ID)
IF YOUR PARENT/GUARDIAN DOES NOT HAVE AN FSA ID READ BELOW FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO PRINT A SIGNATURE PAGE – PARENT SIGNATURE
(ONLY For parents/guardians without a social security number)
Sample Signature Page Below:

Final Steps

Final Steps For Everyone

  1. If your parents/guardians don’t have a SSN and need to sign a Signature Page, make sure you print it at home or ask your high school counselor to print it and mail it to you (make sure to give them your home address).
  2. Once you receive the signature page from your high school counselor, have your parent sign andmail to FAFSA ASAP!
  3. After you hit the SUBMIT button, check your email and look for a Confirmation Email from FAFSA.  If you don’t see an email then you did not submit! Email us at finaid@microcollege.info for support.