Part: 3 - - Filling Out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
SectionTitle: "Preparer's Use Only"
PURPOSE: THE DEPARTMENT WILL USE THIS
INFORMATION TO MONITOR THE EFFECT OF
APPLICATION PREPARATION SERVICES RELATIVE TO THE
GENERAL APPLICANT POPULATION.
The law requires that if anyone other than the student, the student's
spouse, or the student's parents prepared the application, then the
preparer must write in his or her name, Social Security Number (the
preparer's SSN will not be printed on the student's SAR), the
company name (if applicable), the company address, and the
company's Employer Identification Number (EIN) as assigned by the
Internal Revenue Service. The EIN number is also embedded in the
twelve-digit entity number that the Department assigns to schools
when they sign a Program Participation Agreement.
High school counselors, financial aid administrators, and other
persons who help students with their applications by actually filling
out line items on the form, or dictating responses to items on the
form, ARE considered preparers. These preparers must complete
this section even if they are not paid for their services.