JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

What to Bring to a FAFSA® Completion Workshop

  • Social Security Number.  Be sure that it is correct!
  • Records of income, such as income earned from work and business, child support paid or received and any other untaxed income.  If you have them, refer to the W-2 Forms or Federal Income Tax Return IRS 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ.
  • Information about assets, such as savings, certificates of deposit, stock options, bonds, 529 plans and other college savings programs; and investment real estate, business and farm.
  • Driver’s license number, if you have one.
  • Dates of birth, include the month, day and year.
  • Month and year of marriage, separation, divorce or other change in marital status.
  • Alien Registration Number, if you (student) are not a U.S. citizen.
  • An FSA ID to sign electronically. (This can be created beforehand at fsaid.ed.gov, or at the time of application.)
  • List of colleges you are considering.


  • Parental information is required unless you are at least 24 years of age or meet the criteria for filing as an independent student as described on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®).  Refer to studentaid.gov.
  • Only parents who do not have a Social Security number can enter 000-00-0000 on the FAFSA.
  • You must report income and assets for yourself and for your parents (if you are a dependent student) or your spouse (if you are married).
  • Use income records for the year that is two years prior to the academic year for which you are applying:  for instance, if you are filling out the 2021-22 FAFSA, you will need 2019 tax information.