Publication Date: July 13, 2011

Posted Date: July 13, 2011

Subject: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); Information To Be Verified for the 2012-2013 Award Year

FR Type: Notice

[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 134 (Wednesday, July 13, 2011)]
[Pages 41231-41233]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2011-17655]

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

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); Information To 
Be Verified for the 2012-2013 Award Year
AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.
ACTION: Notice.
SUMMARY: On October 29, 2010, the Secretary published in the Federal 
Register (75 FR 66832) final regulations related to program integrity 
issues in the programs authorized under title IV of the Higher 
Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). Included in these regulations 
were changes to subpart E of part 668 of title 34 of the Code of 
Federal Regulations, which includes the Department's regulations for 
the verification of information submitted on a FAFSA by an applicant 
for financial assistance from the Federal student assistance programs 
authorized under title IV of the HEA. New Sec.  668.56(a) provides that 
for each award year the Secretary will publish in the Federal Register 
a notice announcing the FAFSA information that an institution and an 
applicant may be required to verify. New Sec.  668.57(d) further 
provides that if an applicant is selected to verify FAFSA information 
specified in the Federal Register notice, the applicant must provide 
the documentation that the Secretary has specified for that information 
in the Federal Register notice. Accordingly, through this notice, the 
Secretary announces the FAFSA information that an institution and an 
applicant may be required to verify and the acceptable documentation 
that an applicant must provide to an institution to verify such FAFSA 
information for the 2012-2013 award year, which is the first award year 
following the effective date of the regulations.
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), 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 computer 
diskette) on request to the program contact person listed under FOR 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following chart lists the FAFSA 
information that an institution and an applicant and, if appropriate 
his or her parent(s) or spouse, may be required to verify and the 
acceptable documentation that an applicant must provide to an 
institution for that selected item for the 2012-2013 award year.
\1\ A tax filer that 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 the relevant
  income tax return that corresponds most closely to the income
  information reported on a U.S. income tax return.
\2\ If an institution determines that obtaining a transcript from the
  IRS is not possible, the institution may accept a copy of the 2011
  income tax return that includes the signature of the filer of the
  income tax return or one of the filers of a joint income tax return,
  or the preparer's Social Security Number, Employer Identification
  Number or that has the Preparer Tax Identification Number and has been
  signed, stamped, typed, or printed with the name and address of the
  preparer of the income tax return. Sec.   668.57(a)(1)(i) and Sec.
\3\ 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 that includes the amount of
  income earned from work, the source of that income, and the reason
  that 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 publications:
     Preamble to the Program Integrity Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking (NPRM) (See 75 FR 34825-34834 (June 18, 2010)).
     Preamble and Subpart E of the Program Integrity Final 
Regulations (See 75 FR 66902-66913 and 66954-66958 (October 29, 2010)).
     Dear Colleague Letter GEN-11-03.
     2012-2013 Application and Verification Guide.
     2012-2013 ISIR Guide.
     2012-2013 SAR Comment Codes and Text.
     2012-2013 COD Technical Reference.
You may access these publications at the Information for Financial Aid 
Professionals Web site at:
    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: At this site you can view this document, 
as well as all other documents of this Department published in the 
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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: July 8, 2011.
Eduardo M. Ochoa,
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 2011-17655 Filed 7-12-11; 8:45 am]


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