Edition: High School
Part: 1 - - SECTION A "YOU (THE STUDENT)"
SectionTitle: "YOU (THE STUDENT)"
PURPOSE: The FAFSA collects identifying information that is used to
track a student (name, telephone number, address, Social Security
Number, and so on) and other information that affects a student's
basic financial aid eligibility. For instance, Section A includes a
question about citizenship status because a student must be a U.S.
citizen or eligible noncitizen to receive federal student aid. Similarly,
a student who has a bachelor's degree is ineligible to receive a
Federal Pell Grant or an FSEOG.
Questions 4-7 ask for a student's permanent mailing address. The
student must give a PERMANENT HOME MAILING ADDRESS
(not a school or office address).
Question 8 asks for a student's SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
(SSN). A student must have a Social Security Number to apply for
federal financial aid. If the student submits a FAFSA without a Social
Security Number, the FAFSA will be returned to the student
unprocessed. To get an SSN, or to determine what it is if a student's
Social Security card has been lost, the student must contact the local
Social Security office. The one exception to the SSN requirement is
for students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated
States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau. The FAFSA
instructions refer these students to a postsecondary school's
financial aid office for more information.
Questions 11 and 12 ask for the student's STATE OF LEGAL
RESIDENCE. The student's state of legal residence identifies the state
agency to which information will be sent if the student has authorized
such a release in Section H of the form. The state then may use this
information to determine eligibility for state student aid programs.
The student's state is also used in the EFC calculation to determine
the appropriate allowance for state and other taxes paid by that
state's residents. For a dependent student, the state of legal
residence is usually the state in which his or her parents live.
Questions 17 and 18 ask about a student's MARITAL STATUS
because the treatment of a student's income and assets in the EFC
calculation is directly affected by the student's marital status. Marital
status cannot be projected--the student must report his or her marital
status as of the date the application is completed.
Question 19 asks whether a student will have a FIRST BACHELOR'S
DEGREE BEFORE JULY 1, 1996 because eligibility for Federal Pell
Grants and Federal SEOGs is restricted to students who have not yet
received bachelor's degrees. 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 or on the electronic