Publication Date: June 25, 2014

Posted Date: June 25, 2014

Subject: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Information To Be Verified for the 2015-2016 Award Year

FR Type: Notice


[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 122 (Wednesday, June 25, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 36040-36044]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-14895]


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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

[CFDA Numbers: 84.007, 84.033, 84.038, 84.063, and 84.268.]

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA[supreg]) 
Information To Be Verified for the 2015-2016 Award Year

AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice.

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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, as well as the acceptable 
documentation for verifying FAFSA information. This is the notice for 
the 2015-2016 award year.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jacquelyn C. Butler, U.S. Department 
of 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 Secretary will include on the 
applicant's Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) flags that 
will indicate that the applicant has been selected by the Secretary for 
verification and the Verification Tracking Group that the applicant has 
been placed in, which in turn indicates 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.
    The following chart lists, for the 2015-2016 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 verified.

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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. An institution may also accept a transcript
  obtained from a government of a U.S. territory or commonwealth, or a
  foreign central government that includes all of the tax filer's income
  and tax information required to be verified for tax year 2014.
\2\ An institution may accept a copy of a 2014 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 2014 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 2014 and, if self-employed, a
  signed statement certifying the amount of AGI and taxes paid for that
  self-employment for tax year 2014; 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 2014.
\4\ An individual who is required to submit an IRS Form W-2 but did not
  maintain his or her copy should request a duplicate copy from the
  employer who issued the original W-2. If the individual 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:
     2015-2016 Application and Verification Guide.
     2015-2016 ISIR Guide.
     2015-2016 SAR Comment Codes and Text.
     2015-2016 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

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    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.

    Dated: June 20, 2014.
Lynn B. Mahaffie,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 2014-14895 Filed 6-24-14; 8:45 am]
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