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You’re in your last semester of senior year of high school and financial aid may be the last thing on your mind. It is extremely helpful to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no matter what your financial status may be. Balancing college apps, schoolwork, a social life, and sleep may be overwhelming, but this simple step could benefit your future college career! Getting started may be the most difficult part of the process. The FAFSA only takes an average of 23 minutes to fill out, almost as long as an episode of Bob’s Burgers! In order too begin, gather the information below to ensure your experience goes smoothly and quickly.

The 2015-2016 FAFSA is available January 1st, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. Additionally, if you are a dependent student, the list below should consist of your parents’ information.

1. Social Security Number

Your Social Security number can be found on your social security card or birth certificate. If you are a dependent student, you will need your parent’s help with this section of the FAFSA. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will need your Alien Registration Number.

2. Apply for a Federal Student Aid PIN

Your student PIN is like an electronic signature and provides you access to your personal records. This number should be kept private and in a safe place. Apply for a PIN here!

3. Driver’s License Number

This number can be found on the front of your card, depending on which state you are from. If you do not have a driver’s license, use your parent or legal guardian’s license number.

4. Tax Records

In this step, you will need to use income records for the tax year prior to the academic year that you are applying for. For example, if you are filling out the 2015-2016 FAFSA, you will need to obtain your 2014 tax information.

5. Records of Untaxed Income

This section may or may not apply to you. Records that are untaxed include child support, interest income, and veteran’s non-education benefits.

6. Records of All Assets

Assets, or money, include savings and checking account balances. Also, any investments like stocks, bonds, and real estate.

7. List of Schools You’re Interested In Attending

You can list up to 10 schools on your FAFSA form. List all the schools you are considering. This section will use the information from your FAFSA to determine the amount of financial aid you may receive for that specific institution.

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And just like that, you’re all done! Time to celebrate!

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Anabella is a student at George Mason University majoring is Public Relations.

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