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Mistakes to Ovoid:The Don't List...

  • Leave blank fields: Enter a '0' or 'not applicable' instead of leaving a blank. Too many blanks may cause miscalculations and an application rejection.
  • Use commas or decimal points in numeric fields: Always round to the nearest dollar.
  • List an incorrect Social Security Number or drivers license number : Double check these entries and have someone else check them too. Triple check to be sure. If your parents do not have Social Security Numbers, list 000‐00‐000, do not make up a number or include a Taxpayer Identification Number.
  • Fail to use your legal name: Your name must be listed on your FAFSA as it appears on your social Security card. Entering nicknames or other variations on your name will cause processing delays.
  • Enter the wrong address: Do not list a temporary campus or summer address as your permanent address.
  • Enter the wrong federal income tax paid amount: You can obtain your federal income tax paid amount from your income tax return forms, not your W‐2 form(s). If you have not yet filed your taxes, you can estimate your financial information using previous tax years and correct the amounts on the form later by going to the corrections page on the FAFSA website.
  • List Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) as equal to total income from working: AGI and total income from working are not necessarily the same. In most cases, the AGI is larger than the total income from working.
  • Incorrectly file income taxes as head of household: If there is an error in the head of household filing status, the school will require an amended tax return to be filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) before disbursement of aid is allowed.
  • List marital status incorrectly: On the question pertaining to marital status, only answer “yes” if you're currently married or separated. The Department of Education wants to know what your marital status is on the day you sign the FAFSA. Midyear changes to a student’s marital status are not accepted.
  • List parent marital status incorrectly: The custodial parent's marital status is needed. If this parent has remarried, you'll need the stepparent's information too.
  • Fail to report unborn children : If you have a child that will be born before or during the award year for which you are applying, and that child will receive more than half of its support from you, you must count that child as a member of the household.
  • Fail to count yourself as a student: The student completing the FAFSA must count himself or herself as a member of the household attending college during the award year.
  • Fail to register with Selective Service : If you are a male, aged 18 to 26, you must register with Selective Service. Failure to do so will make you ineligible for federal student aid.
  • Forget to list the college : Obtain the Federal School Code for the college you plan on attending and list it along with any other schools to which you've applied.
  • Forget to sign and date : If you're filling out the paper FAFSA, be sure to sign it. If you're filing electronically using FAFSA on the Web, be sure to obtain your FSA User ID from https://fsaid.ed.gov. YourFSA User ID is your electronic signature and will always be assigned to you only. Conversely, if you file using FAFSA on the Web, you can print out the signature page, sign it, and send it in.