Part: 3 - - Filling Out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
SectionTitle: Section A -- "Yourself"
PURPOSE: THE FAFSA COLLECTS IDENTIFYING
INFORMATION THAT IS USED TO TRACK THE STUDENT
(NAME, PHONE NUMBER, ADDRESS, SOCIAL SECURITY
NUMBER, ETC.), AND OTHER INFORMATION THAT
AFFECTS THE STUDENT'S BASIC ELIGIBILITY. FOR
INSTANCE, SECTION A INCLUDES A QUESTION ABOUT
CITIZENSHIP STATUS BECAUSE THE STUDENT MUST BE A
U.S. CITIZEN OR ELIGIBLE NONCITIZEN TO RECEIVE AID
FROM THE DEPARTMENT'S PROGRAMS. SIMILARLY, A
STUDENT WHO HAS A BACHELOR'S DEGREE IS INELIGIBLE
TO RECEIVE A FEDERAL PELL GRANT OR A FEDERAL
The student must give a HOME MAILING ADDRESS (rather than
a school or office address). However, students who are incarcerated
should use a school address. The SCHOOL must send applications
from incarcerated students to a special P.O. Box. (Students can't
just send in a SAR with a school address.) The student's STATE OF
LEGAL RESIDENCE identifies the agency to which information
will be sent if the student has authorized such a release in Section H
of the form. The student's state is also used to determine the
appropriate state and other tax allowance in the EFC calculation.
For a dependent student, the state of legal residence is usually the
state in which his or her parents live.
If the student fills out a FAFSA and omits his or her SOCIAL
SECURITY NUMBER, it will not be processed. If the student does
not have a Social Security Number, or cannot find it, he or she must
contact his or her local Social Security office.
A student's marital status affects the treatment of his or her income
and assets in the EFC calculation. Marital status cannot be
projected--the student must report his or her marital status on the
date of application.
The FAFSA asks if the student will have his or her first
BACHELOR'S DEGREE BEFORE JULY 1, 1994 because
eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant and Federal SEOG programs is
restricted to undergraduate students. If the student answers "yes" to
this question, a message saying a bachelor's degree has been
received will be printed at the top of page one of the SAR.