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if you can answer yes to any of the following, you do not need your parent's information to complete your FASFA:
If none of the above apply to you, then you are a dependent student and will need your parent's tax return information. They can file a US non-resident alien tax return to satisfy the filing requirement.
I am switching to Q&A mode since I do not see you online. Please let me know if you have other questions. Good luck with your FASFA application and school. I hope all goes well.
Thanks for your help. None of those questions apply to me, so how can my parents file the form online? Would it be too late to use this to correct my FAFSA for this fall? Also, I am not sure what information would be required. My parents have never worked in the U.S. My father uses the PAYE (Pay As You Earn) tax system, in which his employer (the University where he lectures) deducts his tax before paying his salary and pays it directly to the government. He has a statement from his university showing the amount of tax paid. Also, tax returns here in Nigeria are not as detailed as U.S. tax returns. How can I be put through the process?
I did all the income documentation carefully with my parents. But UC Berkeley financial aid office said my offer would not be official unless I change my parents' tax return status on FAFSA from 'will file' to 'already filed'. I did this and I was told that the information is not from a federal income tax return. I had previously selected 'foreign income tax return', but are you saying that my tax return status should have been 'will not/ not required to file'? What other forms/ documents would be required then? I have sent in many and been in contact with the UC Berkeley, but they are being quite difficult and keep referring me back to tax returns.
Thanks. I already did that, but FAFSA is not letting me select 'not going to file' as my parents' income tax returns status. It says that their income is over the minimum amount required for filing a tax return. Is there anything else I could do? I really need to get round this to know if I would continue with my enrollment for fall 2012 at UC Berkeley.