The FAFSA Checklist

The 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available. Although the Department of Education will not release information to colleges until mid-March, we recommend students and their families complete the form now as this is an important tool and Elmira College is taking steps to ensure students will have access to their aid offers as quickly as possible. If you haven’t completed it yet, here’s a checklist and some tips to help you fill out and submit the FAFSA, which you can complete at


  • An FSA ID. You, and whichever parent(s) will be contributors to your FAFSA must create a separate FSA ID by each creating an account on Do this first.

  • You and your parent’s Social Security numbers. If you’re not a U.S. Citizen but fall into one of the categories that make you eligible for federal financial aid, you’ll also need your A-Number. If your parent doesn’t have a Social Security Number, that’s ok - just provide their mailing address.

  • Driver’s license (if you have one).

  • EC’s federal school code: 002718

  • If applicable, other records of money earned, and records of the value of student and parent assets and investments (not including retirement funds).


  • Fill in every answer. Use “n/a” or “0” when needed.

  • Use your legal name (“Michael,” “Abigail”). Don’t use a nickname or preferred name (“Mike,” “Abbie”). Save copies or take screenshots. Log the dates of any correspondences and your application submission.

  • Before you submit, double-check the information.

  • Submit your FAFSA as soon as you can.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to EC’s Financial Aid Office 607-735-1728 with any questions about financial aid opportunities or forms!

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