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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the FAFSA?

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the application that you must complete to apply for federal student aid, such as Pell grants and work-study opportunities. Your FAFSA is also used to determine whether you’re eligible for other financial aid, such as need-based scholarships.

What does it mean?

- Applying early will allow students to submit the FAFSA as early as October 1st using prior year information. Example; apply for 2019-2020 financial aid starting October 2018, using 2017 information.

How does it affect me?

- Students can use tax information from the prior year to submit the FAFSA. Applying earlier will allow students to ensure classes are covered by Financial Aid much sooner, and will help students avoid processing delays.

Not sure you will get financial aid?

-Complete the FAFSA anyway.  It is tough to predict exactly how much money a given family will receive, but student’s should complete the FAFSA to determine whether or not they are eligible for federal, state or institutional financial aid.  Completing the scholarship application requires a student to have already completed the FAFSA.  Also, if your family’s financial situation changes while you are in school, it will be easier to determine if you qualify for any resources

What information do I need to provide on the FAFSA?

-To complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will need:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • An FSA ID to sign electronically.

If you are a dependent student, then you will also need most of the above information for your parent(s).

Do you need a copy of your tax return transcripts?

You can obtain a copy by following these instructions.

Tips on filling out the FAFSA

  1. File early and on time.  Don’t wait to apply for financial aid when it is time to register for classes.
  2. Mistakes on the FAFSA can delay the processing of your application. One easy mistake is leaving blank fields that don’t apply to you. Always be sure to write an “0” instead in such instances. The online version of the application will help alert you when you have improperly left fields open.
  3. Create an FSA ID for yourself and log in to your account. Make sure your name, birthday, and social security number are correct. If you are a dependent student, your parent(s) will also need an account.
  4. Log into your FAFSA using your FSA ID, and complete the online application. If possible, click "Link to IRS" to import your tax information electronically to your FAFSA. It will fill in most of your tax information automatically if successful.
  5. Make sure you include Central Piedmont Community College’s school code (002915).
  6. Answer the dependency status questions. In the dependency status section, you’ll be asked a series of specific questions to determine whether you are required to provide parent information on the FAFSA form. The dependency guidelines are set by Congress and are different from those used by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Even if you live on your own, support yourself, and file taxes on your own, you may still be considered a dependent student for federal student aid purposes. If you are determined to be a dependent student, you’ll be required to report information about your parent(s). If you’re determined to be an independent student, you won’t have to provide parent information and you can skip the next step.
  7. If you are considered a dependent student, fill out the parent demographic section.  Remember it does not matter if you do not live with your parent(s); you still must report information about them.  (Find out who counts as your parent when you file your FAFSA® form at
  8. Though the FAFSA asks more than 100 questions, there’s no opportunity on the form to explain specific family circumstances, like a recent job loss or high medical bills. If there are more facts you think financial aid officers need to know, make an appointment to discuss your situation with a financial aid representative.
  9. If you need help, click in the box you have a question on. The side bar on the right side of the screen will have a help box to explain the question in more detail.
  10. For additional information, FAFSA ®: Applying for Aid.    (  have it so the student can click on FAFSA ®: Applying for Aid and go straight there.

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