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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 “Student's Untaxed Income” page. Not all questions display for all students.

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?
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?

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