The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form students must complete to apply for federal and state student assistance. Many colleges and universities, especially public institutions, also require the FAFSA.
Learn more: fafsa.ed.gov
Students will need you and your parents’ current or previous year’s tax returns and W-2’s. (If your parents don’t have a social security number, you can still apply! Click here to learn how.)
We strongly recommend students complete the application as early as possible before March 2. All financial data submitted are subject to verification.
An FSA ID is a username and password that gives you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems and can serve as your legal signature when submitting your FAFSA.
Students: You should create your own FSA ID, and your parent should create her/his own FSA ID.
You must have a valid social security number to create an FSA ID.
The student will still create an FSA ID but the parent will not be able to create one. Once the student and parent complete the student’s FAFSA, a signature page will need to be printed and signed by the parent and sent to the Federal Student Aid office. The Federal Student Aid address is listed on the signature page.
Parents: If you previously created an FSA ID when you were a student, or for another child, you don’t need to create another one. You can only have one FSA ID linked to your Social Security number.
Only one parent needs to create an FSA ID.
You create an FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov
An IRS tax return transcript is a document that shows the financial information from the requested tax year. It is a summary of personal and financial information.
Some colleges may request a parent and/or student tax return transcript to verify the information reported on a FAFSA or CA Dream Act. The student must provide the tax return transcript by the given deadline to the schools financial aid office in order to receive their financial aid rewards.
A tax return transcript can be obtained by online, mail, and phone.
A SAR is a summary of the information you provided on your FAFSA or CA Dream Act. This includes financial information, student dependency, and household size. It hides private information such as individuals SSN/ITINS.
The SAR lists information as reported on your FAFS/CADA and this is the information that 10,000 Degrees Scholarship Team uses to award scholarships.
The student has to log in to their FAFSA or CADA to retrieve their SAR. Download their SAR as PDF, and re-upload it to 10,000 Degrees.