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Instructions are provided for each Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) question in the “Tool Tips” section on the right side of the page. When additional instructions are available, “Tool Tips” will include a “More” hyperlink. 

To access “Tool Tips,” you must do the following: 

  • 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 “Tool Tips” will change as you move from one FAFSA question to another. 

If you can’t access the “Tool Tips,” 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 form, you can view additional help options by selecting “Help” at the top of any page. 

The following help topics relate to questions that might be asked on the “Parent Finances - Corrections” page. Not all questions display for all students. 

Have your parents completed a 2018 income tax return? 

For 2018, what is or will be your parents’ tax filing status according to their tax return? 

Which parent are you? 

The Parent’s FSA ID Username, Email Address, or Mobile Number 

The Parent’s FSA ID Password 

What type of income tax return did your parents file or will they file for 2018? 

What was your parents' adjusted gross income for 2018? 

Parents’ Wages, Salaries, Tips, etc. 

Parents’ Interest Income 

Parents’ Dividends 

Parents’ Other Taxable Income 

Parents’ IRS-allowable Adjustments to Income 

How much did your parent earn from working in 2018? 

Did either (or both) of your parents file an IRS Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) in 2018? 

Enter the amount that your parent reported in Box 14 [Code A] of IRS Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) for 2018. 

Is either of your parents a dislocated worker? 

Parents received benefits from any of the federal benefits programs? 


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) 

Free or Reduced Price School Lunch 

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) 

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) 

None of the Above 

Do you want to skip the remaining questions about your and your parents’ income and assets? 

What was your parents' total income tax for 2018?  

What were your parents' total education credits? 

How much total child support did your parents pay? 

What were your parents’ taxable earnings from need-based employment programs? 

How much taxable college grant or scholarship aid did your parents report to the IRS as income? 

How much combat pay or special combat pay did your parents report in their adjusted gross income? 

What were your parents' earnings from work under a Cooperative Education Program offered by a college? 

What were your parents’ total tax-deferred pension payments? 

How much did your parents pay to their IRA or Keogh? 

How much total child support did your parents receive? 

What was your parents’ total tax-exempt interest income? 

What were your parents’ total untaxed portions of IRA distributions and pensions? 

Did the untaxed portions of IRA distributions and pensions your parents reported for 2018 include rollover(s)? 

Enter the rollover amount(s) your parents reported for untaxed portions of IRA distributions and pensions for 2018. 

What were your parents’ total allowances received? 

What were your parents’ total veterans noneducation benefits? 

What was the total of your parents’ other untaxed income or benefits? 

Does the total amount of your parents’ asset net worth exceed the amount listed? 

Do you want to skip questions about your parents’ assets? 

What is the total current balance of your parents’ cash, savings, and checking accounts? 

What is the net worth of your parents’ investments? 

What is the net worth of your parents’ current businesses and/or investment farms? 

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