Fill Out A FAFSA

What you need to fill out the FAFSA

To complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), you will need:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Alien Registration Number or Permanent Resident Card Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of income earned
    • You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • An FSA ID to electronically sign the completed application

If you are a dependent student, you will also need the following information for your parents/guardians:

  • Parents'/Guardians’ Social Security Number(s) 
  • Parents'/Guardians’ Alien Registration Number(s) or Permanent Resident Card Number(s) (if they are not U.S. citizens)
  • Parents'/Guardians’ valid email account
  • Parents'/Guardians’ most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of income earned
    • They may be able to transfer their federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool
  • Parents'/Guardians’ Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Parents'/Guardians’ Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • Parents'/Guardians’ FSA ID to electronically sign the completed application

For further questions or helpful information, you can visit FAFSA® Help | Federal Student Aid.

 Completing Your FAFSA on the Web

  • Visit FAFSA® Application | Federal Student Aid to complete your application. You will need to select whether you are a “new or returning user.”  
  • Follow all instructions and enter all relevant data requested by the application.
    • Be sure to add Gateway Community College’s school code of 008037.
  • After electronically signing and submitting the application, you will receive a “confirmation message.” That message will display a confirmation number which serves as validation that you have successfully submitted your FAFSA.
    • Please note that submission of your FAFSA does not mean you are ready to register.
  • Your FAFSA will then be reviewed by the federal government and forwarded to the college.
  • You should receive a response in approximately 7-10 business days.
  • The Financial Aid Office processes FAFSA applications in the order received. Unsigned or incomplete FAFSA applications (i.e., rejected ISIR records) cannot be considered for financial assistance until corrections have been submitted.
  • You will be notified by email when the school has received your FAFSA application, and it has been accepted.
  • You should track your application and complete any unsatisfied requirements. You can track your application online at myCommNet.

For further questions or helpful information, you can visit FAFSA® Help | Federal Student Aid.