What to Bring to a Financial Aid Completion Workshop:

  • Driver's license, if you have one
  • Social Security Card or number, if you have one
  • Alien registration number, if you have one
  • Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) - yours or your parents'
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) number, if you have one
  • List of colleges you are interested in attending
  • Parents' 2018 Federal Income Tax Return form, if applicable*
  • Parents' 2018 W2s and other records of money earned, if applicable*
  • Student's 2018 Federal Income Tax Return form, if filed
  • Student's 2018 W2s and other records of money earned
  • Current bank statements, records of investments, and assets 

*Students who were in foster care, or were a dependent or ward of the court, at least one day after the age of 13 may qualify for “Independent Status” for the purposes of the FAFSA and the CA Dream Act and do not need to report their parent or guardian’s information. Neither legal guardians nor foster parents are considered parents when completing the FAFSA or CA Dream Act.


Complete this handout to help you get ready to file the FAFSA!

Remember: the FAFSA and CA Dream Act Application must be completed by March 2nd to receive priority consideration for state and federal financial aid, including grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study opportunities.


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