How do I complete my FAFSA if I haven't completed taxes yet?

Modified on Tue, 05 Jul 2022 at 12:45 PM

When you file the FAFSA, you’re required to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2022–2023 FAFSA, you - and your parent(s), if applicable - must report your 2020 income and tax information.

The U.S. Department of Education understands that some families’ incomes may have changed significantly since the 2020 tax year. If that's the case for you, after filing your FAFSA contact the Financial Aid Office for assistance. We have the ability to assess your situation and make qualifying adjustments to your FAFSA.

Note: The FAFSA will ask you for your marital status as of the day you fill it out. So if you’re married now but you weren’t in 2020 (and therefore didn’t file taxes as married), you’ll need to add your spouse’s income to your FAFSA. Similarly, if you filed your 2020 taxes as married but you’re no longer married when you fill out the FAFSA, you’ll need to subtract your spouse’s income.

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