Instructions are provided for each FAFSA question in the Help and Hints section on the right side of the page. When additional instructions are available, Help and Hints will include a "More" hyperlink.
To access Help and Hints:
- For questions that have an answer box, place your cursor in the box.
- For questions with radio buttons, place your cursor over one of the two options.
- For questions that have a dropdown option, place your cursor on the dropdown box.
- For questions that have a check box option, place your focus on the check box.
You can also use your keyboard’s tab key to move from field to field. The Help and Hints will change as you move from one FAFSA question to another.
If you cannot access the Help and Hints, use the Search function in the upper right-hand corner of the page to find specific information for each question. For example, if you need to know where to find the adjusted gross income on your tax return, type "adjusted gross income" without the quotes into the Search box.
If you review the help provided and still have questions about the FAFSA, you can view additional help options by clicking Help at the top of any page.
The following help topics relate to questions that may be asked on the "Dependency" page. Not all questions display for all students.
Were you born before January 1, 1996?
Are you married?
At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, will you be working on a master's or doctorate program (such as an MA, MBA, MD, JD, PhD, EdD, or graduate certificate, etc.)?
Do you now have or will you have children who will receive more than half of their support from you between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020?
Do you have dependents (other than your children or spouse) who live with you and who receive more than half of their support from you, now and through June 30, 2020?
Are you currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training?
Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces?
At any time since you turned age 13, were both your parents deceased, were you in foster care or were you a dependent or ward of the court?
As determined by a court in your state of legal residence, are you or were you an emancipated minor?
Does someone other than your parent or stepparent have legal guardianship of you, as determined by a court in your state of legal residence?
On or after July 1, 2018, were you homeless or were you self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?
At any time on or after July 1, 2018, did your high school or school district homeless liaison determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?
At any time on or after July 1, 2018, did the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?
At any time on or after July 1, 2018, did the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?
Your number of family members in 2019-2020 (household size)
Student's other dependents
How many people in your household will be in college in 2019-2020?
Do you want to answer questions about your parents?