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FAFSA Instructions

You've decided to take classes and now it's time to fill out the FAFSA. We know it can be daunting, but we are here to help – every step of the way. 

Instructions for the 2021/22 FAFSA

The first step in applying for financial assistance is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Renewal Application. Indicate Delta College's school code (002251) for Delta College to receive your FAFSA information electronically. It may take up to five business days for the college to receive this information.

Information Needed
  1. Your (and your parent's) FSA ID(s). This acts as your electronic signature. You can visit the FSA ID website to create one.
  2. Your (and your parent's ) Social Security Number(s). Check for accuracy!
  3. Your (and your spouse's, if you are married) 2019 Federal 1040 Tax Return and all 2019 W-2's
    • All IRS Numbered Schedules that you filed with your 1040
    • Foreign Tax Return, or
    • Tax return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federal States of Micronesia, or Palau
  4. Your parents' 2019 Federal Income Tax return (if you are a dependent student) and all 2019 W-2's NOTE: Parents residing together regardless of marital status or gender will report combined income.
  5. Your (your parent's) 2019 untaxed income records
    • Child Support Received/Paid
    • Pensions/Annuities
    • Veterans benefits records
  6. Your (your parent's) most current bank statements
  7. Your (your parent's) current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond and other investment records
  8. Your alien registration or permanent resident card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  9. Parent(s) date of birth, if applicable
  10. Parent(s) date of current marital status (divorced or separated, remarried or married, widowed)

Instructions for the 2022/23 FAFSA

The first step in applying for financial assistance is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Renewal Application. Indicate Delta College's school code (002251) for Delta College to receive your FAFSA information electronically. It may take up to five business days for the college to receive this information.

Information Needed
  1. Your (and your parent's) FSA ID(s). This acts as your electronic signature. You can visit the FSA ID website to create one.
  2. Your (and your parent's ) Social Security Number(s). Check for accuracy!
  3. Your (and your spouse's, if you are married) 2020 Federal 1040 Tax Return and all 2020 W-2's
    • All IRS Numbered Schedules that you filed with your 1040
    • Foreign Tax Return, or
      Tax return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federal States of Micronesia, or Palau
  4. Your parents' 2020 Federal Income Tax return (if you are a dependent student) and all 2020 W-2's NOTE: Parents residing together regardless of marital status or gender will report combined income.
  5. Your (your parent's) 2020 untaxed income records
    • Child Support Received/Paid
    • Pensions/Annuities
    • Veterans benefits records
  6. Your (your parent's) most current bank statements
  7. Your (your parent's) current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond and other investment records
  8. Your alien registration or permanent resident card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  9. Parent(s) date of birth, if applicable
  10. Parent(s) date of current marital status (divorced or separated, remarried or married, widowed)
Next steps

A student aid report (SAR) will be sent directly to you. When you receive your SAR, look it over carefully to make sure it is correct, since this is the information Delta will receive electronically. The information on this SAR will be used to determine your eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant and for most other types of aid. If corrections are needed, follow the directions on your SAR.

If you need assistance completing or making corrections to your FAFSA, you may stop in the Financial Aid Office, during office hours and a Financial Aid Advisor will be available to assist you.

Please review your financial aid status and documentation required for to complete the application process. Follow these steps from the Delta homepage:

Portal -> Student Self-Service -> Financial Aid.  Submit these items to the Financial Aid Office promptly, as it may delay awarding.

How to create a FSA ID


This How to Create a FSA ID video from StudentAid.gov has other detailed instructions on how to create an FSA ID that may be helpful.

Who should I list on the FAFSA?

Who's information should you list on your FAFSA? This video will help answer this questions and also provide information about dependency status is determined.

 

Financial Aid Special Circumstances

Students and families that have experienced changes to income, life circumstances or unusual expenses may be eligible to request an adjustment to their FAFSA. This video will explain special circumstances in detail and establish the steps students can take to request an adjustment to their FAFSA.

 

Other helpful information

The FAFSA and FSA ID Tips for Parents video contains helpful information for parents of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applicants. It helps parents navigate the FAFSA process from logging in, to filling out and to signing their child's FAFSA using their FSA ID.

The Federal Student Aid website provides additional information regarding the financial aid process and describes the various types of financial aid.


SUCCESS TIP: Apply for financial aid, even if you don't think you'll qualify.

It's not a waste of time because lots of scholarships require you to apply for financial aid. Plus, you may be eligible for more than you think.


Less than half the cost

Less than half the cost of a public university, with the same quality education.

Interest free tuition plan

An interest-free tuition plan that spreads out your payments.

50 percent

Half of Delta students receive some form of assistance.