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Instructions are provided for each FAFSA question in the “Tool Tips” section on the right side of the page. When additional instructions are available, the “Tool Tips” will include a “More” hyperlink. 

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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.  

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 “Student Finances - Corrections” page. Not all questions display for all students. 

Have you completed a 2018 income tax return? 

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

Student’s FSA ID Username, Email Address, or Mobile Number 

The Student’s FSA ID Password 

What income tax return did you file or will you file for 2018? 

What was your adjusted gross income for 2018? 

Student’s Wages, Salaries, Tips, etc. 

Student’s Interest Income 

Student’s Dividends 

Student’s Other Taxable Income 

Student’s IRS-Allowable Adjustments to Income 

How much did you earn from working in 2018? 

How much did your spouse earn from working in 2018? 

Did you or your spouse file an IRS Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) in 2018? 

Enter the Amount that You Reported in Box 14 [Code A] of IRS Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) in 2018 

Enter the Amount that Your Spouse Reported in Box 14 [Code A] of IRS Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) in 2018 

Did (or will) you file a Schedule 1 with your 2018 tax return? 

Are you or your spouse a dislocated worker? 

Student 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 income and assets? 

What was your income tax for 2018? 

What were your total education credits? 

How much total child support did you pay? 

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

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

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

What were your earnings from work under a cooperative education program offered by a college? 

What were your total tax-deferred pension payments? 

How much did you pay to your IRA or Keogh? 

How much total child support did you receive? 

What was your total tax-exempt interest income? 

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

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

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

What were your total allowances received? 

What were your total veterans noneducation benefits? 

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

What other money has been paid on your behalf? 

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

Do you want to skip questions about your assets? 

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

What is the net worth of your investments? 

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

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