Free Application for Federal Student Aid


It is necessary to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)in order to be considered for most federal financial aid programs. Many state financial aid programs and various scholarships also require the submission of the FAFSA. The Department of Education processes the FAFSA and notifies applicant with the Student Aid Report (SAR).

The FAFSA can be submitted online at www.fafsa.ed.gov or you can obtain a paper form from your guidance counselor or by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 1-319-337-5665. If you are hearing-impaired and have questions, contact the TTY line at 1-800-730-8913.

The following information will help you complete the FAFSA. Please note that the financial documents should be for the year prior to the academic year of which you're applying. Example: If you're applying for aid for the 2014-2015 school year, you will need information for 2013.

• Student’s Social Security Number (can be found on Social Security card)
• Student’s driver's license (if any)
• Student’s W-2 Forms and other records of money earned (plus parent’s/parents’ W-2 forms if student is a dependent)
• Student’s (and spouse's, if the student is married) Federal Income Tax Return for the previous year - IRS Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, 1040Telefile, foreign tax return, or tax return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia
• Parent's/Parents’ Federal Income Tax Return for the previous year (if student is a dependent)
• Student’s untaxed income records for the previous year - Social Security, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, welfare, or veterans benefits records
• Student’s bank statements for the previous year
• Student’s previous year’s business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond, and other investment records
• Student’s alien registration card (if not a U.S. citizen)

Note: If you choose to complete the online FAFSA make sure to apply for a PIN number at www.pin.ed.gov. The pin number serves as your electronic signature. Students need a pin number and at least one parent of dependent students need a pin number. Your on-line FAFSA is not complete until you submit it and receive a confirmation number. Print out the confirmation page and keep for your records. If you are unable to print out the confirmation page, record the confirmation number for your records.

If you require help completing the FAFSA, contact our Public Information and Communication division at 1-800-259-5626 or custserv@la.gov or attend the College Goal Sunday Event in your area.

Assistance with the completion of the FAFSA will be available for free from qualified financial aid professionals at Louisiana's College Goal Sunday Event which takes place in February of each year.