This is question 38 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 if you (and if married, your spouse) filed or will file a 2015 income tax return.
If you filed (or if married, you and your spouse filed a joint tax return), the total exemptions can be found on:
IRS Form 1040 – Use Line: 6d.
IRS Form 1040A – Use Line: 6d.
IRS Form 1040EZ, and didn’t check either box on line 5, enter 01 if you are single, or 02 if you are married.
IRS Form 1040EZ, and checked either the “you” or “spouse” box on line 5, use 1040EZ worksheet line F to determine the number of exemptions ($4,000 equals one exemption).
If you are married, but filed or will file separate tax returns for 2015, add your and your spouses exemptions.
Note: The line numbers above are from the IRS tax form, not from the W-2 form.