This is question **85** on the paper FAFSA.

If your parent uses the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and transfers his/her information from the IRS into your FAFSA, the answer to this question will be pre-filled and identified as “Transferred from the IRS.”

If you are a dependent student, this question **cannot** be blank unless your parents did not and will not file a tax return.

The response indicates the adjusted gross income (AGI) reported on your parents' 2015 income tax return.

**If your parents filed a joint federal tax return, the AGI can be found on:**

IRS Form | Line # |
---|---|

1040 | 37 |

1040A | 21 |

1040EZ | 4 |

**If your parents filed separate tax returns**, use the table below to calculate their total AGI.

If one parent filed a… | …and the other parent 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 | 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 | 1040EZ | Add line 4 from both tax returns and enter the total amount |

**NOTE: If one or both parents 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 your parents has filed a tax return and the other parent did not and will not file**, use the table below to calculate their total AGI.

If one parent filed a… | …and the other parent… | Then enter the following: |
---|---|---|

1040 | did not and will not file |
Add line 37 from the 1040 to the other parent’s income earned from working (for example, earnings from the W-2 form(s) and/or any other earning statements) |

1040A | Add line 21 from the 1040A to the other parent’s income earned from working (for example, earnings from the W-2 form(s) and/or any other earning statements) | |

1040EZ | Add line 4 from the 1040EZ to the other parent’s 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.

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

If your parents’ 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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