Gather your financial documents before sitting down to complete the form
Alleviate the scramble (and headache) by having all your important documents in one centralized area. Have your social security card; driverâ€™s license, if applicable; you and a parentâ€™s personal identification number (PIN); 2010 W-2 forms and additional records of money earned; your 2010 Federal Income Tax Return; if youâ€™re a dependent student, your parentsâ€™ 2010 Federal Income Tax Return; 2010 untaxed income records; current bank statements, and current business and investment records. You may need to reference the paperwork again, so keep the information handy. Also, filing electronically is strongly encouraged.