What was your parents’ adjusted gross income for 2018?

What was your parents’ adjusted gross income for 2018?

This is question 84 on the paper Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form.

The answer to this question may be prefilled with "Transferred from the IRS."

If you’re a dependent student, this question can’t be blank unless your parents didn’t and won’t file a tax return.

The response indicates the adjusted gross income (AGI) reported on your parents' 2018 income tax return. AGI includes more than wages earned. For example, it can include alimony, Social Security, and business income.

If your parents filed a joint federal tax return, the AGI can be found on line 7 of the IRS Form 1040.

If your parents filed separate IRS Form 1040 tax returns, calculate their total AGI by adding line 7 from both tax returns and entering the total amount.

NOTE: If one or both parents will file a federal tax return, but haven’t yet filed, estimate the amount that will appear in the line noted above.

If one of your parents has filed an IRS Form 1040 tax return and the other parent didn’t and won’t file, calculate their total AGI by adding line 7 from the IRS Form 1040 to the other parent’s income earned from working (for example, earnings from the W-2 form[s] and/or any other earning statements).

See the image below that shows you where to find line 7 on IRS Form 1040.

Image of IRS Form 1040 with line 7 outlined

If your parents' 2018 AGI is

Enter

Ten million or more 9999999
Negative ten million or less -9999999
Zero 0

Round to the nearest dollar. Don’t include commas or decimal points.

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