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Help Completing the FAFSA
View the video for information about the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the resources available to help fill out this federal application.
The quickest way to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is to use FAFSA on the Web.In order to complete your FAFSA, you will need the following:
- Your Social Security Number
- Your driver’s license number, if you have one
- Your W-2 forms
- Your federal income tax return
- Your current bank statements and records of stocks, bonds and other investments
- Your records of other untaxed income received, such as Social Security, Temporary Assistance to Needy Family (TANF), welfare benefits
- Your business or farm records, if applicable
- Your alien registration number, if yo are not a U.S. citizen
- Santa Clara University's School Code: 001326
- Your parent(s)' Social Security Number(s)
- Your parent(s)' income and financial records (as listed above)
NOTE: Use income records for the calendar year prior to the academic year for which you are applying for financial aid. For example, use 2014 income information to complete the 2015-16 FAFSA.
Federal Student Aid Personal Identification Number (FSA PIN)
Before filling out your FAFSA, apply for a FSA PIN so that you can sign your FAFSA and any other U.S. Department of Education documents electronically. A pin will be e-mailed to you between 1-5 days after applying. If you do not have an e-mail address, it will take 7-10 days for your FSA PIN to be mailed to you. Your FAFSA can be processed weeks faster when you sign with your FSA PIN.
NOTE: If you are a dependent student, at least one of your parent(s) will also need to apply for a FSA PIN.
The U.S. Department of Education has a FAFSA Worksheet, some find that this helps them organize information before starting the FAFSA online.
NOTE: Do not mail or submit the FAFSA Worksheet to the U.S. Department of Education.
Save your FAFSA
Use the "SAVE" button, and use it often to prevent losing information. If you ever need to come back to your on-line FAFSA, remember to use the "SAVE" button so that you can log back on and start right where you left off.
Ask for Help
If you are not sure about a question, there is free help available to you. Just click on any of the "HELP" buttons, or to chat with a customer service representative, click on the "CHAT" button.
Sign Your Application
You can use your FSA PIN and sign your FAFSA electronically. If you do not have a FSA PIN, you can print off a signature page then send it in. Remember that your FAFSA is not valid without a signature.
NOTE: For dependent students, your FAFSA is not valid and cannot be processed without a parent signature.
Submit Your Application
Do not forget to click the "SUBMIT" button on the last page of the online application. There will be a confirmation page that comes up after you have submitted the FAFSA, along with a confirmation number. Print the page and keep it for your records.
After the FAFSA
After submitting your FAFSA on-line, you should receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) by e-mail in about five days if you provide an e-mail address. Otherwise, you will receive it in the mail after about two weeks. Once you receive your SAR, make sure all the information is correct. If you remembered to put our school code in your list of schools, Santa Clara University will automatically receive a copy of your FAFSA too.