Federal Verification

The Department of Education randomly selects certain FAFSA records for a process called Federal Verification. When a FAFSA is selected, there are additional financial aid requirements necessary to confirm your financial aid eligibility. A message included in your FAFSA confirmation report (the Student Aid Report or SAR) will inform you of your selection for this process and additional documents will added to your Financial Aid Checklist.

The following documents are required to complete the verification process:

  1. Verification Worksheet: This form will be added to a student's Financial Aid Checklist if they are selected for federal verification.
  2. Income Documentation: Additional income documentation is required from both the student and parent based on their tax filing status. Please review the table below to determine which documents you need to submit.

Verification Documents

Tax Filing Status

Documentation Required

I filed or will file a 2017 U.S. Federal Tax Return (1040, 1040A, 1040EZ)

Submit ONE:

  • Use the Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) through the FAFSA website
  • 2017 IRS Tax Return Transcript (obtained online on the IRS website)
I filed or will file a 2017 Amended U.S. Federal Tax Return (1040X)

Submit ALL of the following:

  • 2017 IRS Tax Account Transcript (obtained online on the IRS website)
  • a signed copy of your Federal 1040X Amended Tax Return
  • 2017 IRS Tax Return Transcript (obtained online on the IRS website)
I filed or will file a non-U.S. Tax Return for 2017 (U.S. Territories or Foreign Tax Return)

Submit ONE:

  • 2017 Tax Return Transcript if it is available for free
  • A signed copy of your 2017 non-U.S. Tax Return
I did not and was not required to file a Tax Return for 2017.

Submit the following:

  • Students & Parents: Barnard College Tax Non-Filer Form (available in the Financial Aid Portal)
  • Parents Only: IRS Verification of Nonfiling Letter (obtained online on the IRS website)

The Financial Aid Office reserves the right to request additional documentation as needed to complete the federal verfication process.

2019-2020 Federal Verification Deadlines:

  • A student enrolled in the fall 2019 term must submit required verification documentation by November 1, 2019.
  • A student who begins enrollment in the spring 2020 term must submit required verification documentation by March 2, 2020.

If a student does not provide the verification documentation by the College deadline, the College will cancel her subsidized federal aid for the award year.