Publication Date: June 13, 2013

Posted Date: June 13, 2013

Subject: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Information To Be Verified for the 2014-2015 Award Year

FR Type: Notice


[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 114 (Thursday, June 13, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 35613-35617]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-14069]

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Information To 
Be Verified for the 2014-2015 Award Year

AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice.

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[CFDA Nos. 84.007, 84.033, 84.038, 84.063, and 84.268]

SUMMARY: For each award year, the Secretary publishes in the Federal 
Register a notice announcing the FAFSA information that an institution 
and an applicant may be required to verify. The notice also specifies 
what documentation is acceptable for verifying FAFSA information.
    For the 2014-2015 award year, the Secretary announces, through this 
notice, the FAFSA information subject to, and the documentation 
acceptable for, verification.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jacquelyn C. Butler, U.S. Department 
of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, 1990 K Street NW., 
room 8053, Washington, DC 20006. Telephone: (202) 502-7890.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text 
telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-
800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document in an 
accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact 
disc) on request to the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following chart lists, for the 2014-2015 
award year, the FAFSA information that an institution and an applicant 
and, if appropriate, the applicant's parent(s) or spouse, may be 
required to verify under 34 CFR 668.56. The chart also lists the 
acceptable documentation that must be provided under Sec.  668.57 to an 
institution for that information to be

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verified. The Secretary will include on the applicant's Institutional 
Student Information Record (ISIR) flags that will indicate which FAFSA 
information needs to be verified for that applicant and, if 
appropriate, the applicant's parent(s) or spouse. The Student Aid 
Report (SAR) provided to the applicant will indicate that the 
applicant's FAFSA information has been selected for verification and 
direct the applicant to the institution for further instructions for 
completing the verification process.

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\1\ A tax filer who filed an income tax return other than an IRS form,
  such as a foreign or Puerto Rican tax form, must use the income
  information (converted to U.S. dollars) from the lines of that form
  that correspond most closely to the income information reported on a
  U.S. income tax return.
\2\ An institution may accept a copy of a 2013 income tax return for tax
  filers who are unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or obtain an
  IRS Tax Return Transcript consistent with guidance that the Secretary
  may provide (e.g., victims of identity theft, individuals who filed an
  amended tax return, individuals who filed an income tax return other
  than an IRS form or individuals with authentication issues with the
  IRS). The copy must include the signature of the tax filer or of one
  of the filers of a joint income tax return or the signed, stamped,
  typed, or printed name and address of the preparer of the income tax
  return and the preparer's Social Security Number, Employer
  Identification Number, or Preparer Tax Identification Number.
\3\ If a tax filer did not retain a copy of his or her 2013 tax account
  information and that information cannot be located by the IRS or a
  government of a U.S. territory or commonwealth or a foreign central
  government, the institution must accept--
a) A copy of IRS Form W-2 (see footnote 4), for each source of
  employment income received for tax year 2013 and, if self-employed, a
  signed statement certifying the amount of AGI and taxes paid for that
  self-employment for tax year 2013; or
b) A copy of a wage and tax statement or a signed statement by an
  individual who has filed an income tax return with a government of a
  U.S. territory or commonwealth or a foreign central government
  certifying the amount of AGI and taxes paid for tax year 2013.
\4\ If an individual who is required to submit an IRS Form W-2 is unable
  to obtain one in a timely manner, the institution may permit that
  individual to provide a signed statement, in accordance with 34 CFR
  668.57(a)(6), that includes--
a) The amount of income earned from work;
b) The source of that income; and
c) The reason why the IRS Form W-2 is not available in a timely manner.

Other Sources for Detailed Information

    We provide a more detailed discussion on the verification process 
in the following resources:

     2014-2015 Application and Verification Guide.
     2014-2015 ISIR Guide.
     2014-2015 SAR Comment Codes and Text.
     2014-2015 COD Technical Reference.
     Program Integrity Information--Questions and Answers on 
Verification at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/reg/hearulemaking/2009/verification.html.
    These publications are on the Information for Financial Aid 
Professionals Web site at www.ifap.ed.gov.
    Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this 
document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free 
Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the 
Code of Federal Regulations is available via the Federal Digital System 
at: www.gpo.gov/fdsys. At this site you can view this document, as well 
as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal 
Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). To use PDF 
you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at the 
site.
    You may also access documents of the Department published in the 
Federal Register by using the article search feature at: 
www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search 
feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published 
by the Department.

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070a, 1070a-1, 1070b-1070b-4, 
1070c-1070c-4, 1070g, 1071-1087-2, 1087a-1087j, and 1087aa-1087ii; 
42 U.S.C. 2751-2756b.

    Delegation of Authority: The Secretary of Education has delegated 
authority to Brenda Dann-Messier, Assistant Secretary for Vocational 
and Adult Education, to perform the functions and duties of the 
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.

    Dated: June 7, 2013.
Brenda Dann-Messier,
Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education, delegated the 
authority to perform the functions and duties of the Assistant 
Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 2013-14069 Filed 6-12-13; 8:45 am]

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