What was your adjusted gross income for 2015?

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This is question 36 on the paper FAFSA.

If you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and transfer your information from the IRS into your FAFSA, the answer to this question will be pre-filled and identified as “Transferred from the IRS.”

This question cannot be left blank unless you will not file a tax return.

If the answer to this question is not pre-filled, enter the amount of your (and if married, your spouse’s) adjusted gross income (AGI) in 2015.

AGI includes more than wages earned. For example, it can include alimony, Social Security, and business income.

If you filed a tax return (or if married, you and your spouse filed a joint tax return), the AGI can be found on:

IRS Form Enter Amount From Line
1040 37
1040A 21
1040EZ 4

If you and your spouse filed separate tax returns, use the table below to calculate your total AGI.

If you filed a… …and your spouse filed a… Then enter the following:
1040 1040 Add line 37 from both tax returns and enter the total amount
1040 1040A Add line 37 from the 1040 and line 21 from the 1040A and enter the total amount
1040 1040EZ Add line 37 from the 1040 and line 4 from the 1040EZ and enter the total amount
1040A 1040 Add line 21 from the 1040A and line 37 from the 1040 and enter the total amount
1040A 1040A Add line 21 from both tax returns and enter the total amount
1040A 1040EZ Add line 21 from the 1040A and line 4 from the 1040EZ and enter the total amount
1040EZ 1040 Add line 4 from the 1040EZ and line 37 from the 1040 and enter the total amount
1040EZ 1040A Add line 4 from the 1040EZ and line 21 from the 1040A and enter the total amount
1040EZ 1040EZ Add line 4 from both tax returns and enter the total amount

If you or your spouse will file a federal tax return, but have not yet filed, estimate the amount that will appear in the lines noted in the table above.

If one of you filed a tax return and the other did not and will not file, use the table below to calculate your total AGI.

If you… …and your spouse… Then enter the following:
filed a 1040 did not and will not file Add line 37 from the 1040 to your spouse’s income earned from working (for example, earnings from the W-2 form(s) and/or any other earning statements)
filed a 1040A Add line 21 from the 1040A to your spouse’s income earned from working (for example, earnings from the W-2 form(s) and/or any other earning statements)
filed a 1040EZ Add line 4 from the 1040EZ to your spouse’s income earned from working (for example, earnings from the W-2 form(s) and/or any other earning statements)
did not and will not file filed a 1040 Add line 37 from the 1040 to your income earned from working (for example, earnings from the W-2 form(s) and/or any other earning statements)
filed a 1040A Add line 21 from the 1040A to your income earned from working (for example, earnings from the W-2 form(s) and/or any other earning statements)
filed a 1040EZ Add line 4 from the 1040EZ to your income earned from working (for example, earnings from the W-2 form(s) and/or any other earning statements)

Note: The line numbers above are from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax form, not from the W-2 form.

If your (and if married, your spouse’s) 2015 AGI is:

AGI Enter
Ten million or more 9999999
Negative ten million or less -9999999
Zero 0

Round to the nearest dollar and do not include commas or decimal points.

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