Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) Information To Be Verified for the 2018-2019 Award Year, 21204-21208 [2017-09167]

Download as PDF 21204 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 86 / Friday, May 5, 2017 / Notices in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov by selecting the Docket ID number or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. Please note that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period will not be accepted. Written requests for information or comments submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the Director of the Information Collection Clearance Division, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Room 226–62, Washington, DC 20202–4537. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact James Billy, 202–245–7273. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Education (ED), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department’s information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. ED is soliciting comments on the proposed information collection request (ICR) that is described below. The Department of Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Please note that written comments received in response to this notice will be considered public records. Title of Collection: Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who are Blind. OMB Control Number: 1820–0608. Type of Review: An extension of an existing information collection. Respondents/Affected Public: State, Local, and Tribal Governments. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 56. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 336. Abstract: Section 752(h)(2) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the corresponding regulations in 34 CFR 367.31(c) require each grantee under the Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind (IL–OIB) program to submit an annual report to the Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) on essential demographic, service, and outcome information. There is no difference between this and the previously approved data collection instrument which will expire on August 31, 2017. RSA therefore requests an extension of the approval to use this data collection instrument. Dated: May 1, 2017 Tomakie Washington, Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Office of the Chief Privacy Officer, Office of Management. [FR Doc. 2017–09048 Filed 5–4–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) Information To Be Verified for the 2018–2019 Award Year Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: For each award year, the Secretary publishes in the Federal Register a notice announcing the FAFSA information that an institution SUMMARY: and an applicant may be required to verify, as well as the acceptable documentation for verifying FAFSA information. This is the notice for the 2018–2019 award year. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jacquelyn C. Butler, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 6W232, Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 453–6088. 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. If the Secretary selects an applicant for verification, the applicant’s Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) includes flags that indicate (1) that the applicant has been selected by the Secretary for verification and (2) the Verification Tracking Group in which the applicant has been placed. The Verification Tracking Group indicates which FAFSA information needs to be verified for the applicant and, if appropriate, for 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 contact the institution for further instructions for completing the verification process. The following chart lists, for the 2018–2019 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, under § 668.57, be provided to an institution for that information to be verified. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SRADOVICH on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES FAFSA information Acceptable documentation Income information for tax filers ......................... a. Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) ..................... b. U.S. Income Tax Paid ................................. c. Untaxed Portions of IRA Distributions ........ d. Untaxed Portions of Pensions .................... e. IRA Deductions and Payments ................... f. Tax Exempt Interest Income ........................ g. Education Credits ........................................ (1) 2016 tax account information of the tax filer that the Secretary has identified as having been obtained from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) through the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and that has not been changed after the information was obtained from the IRS; or (2) A transcript 1 obtained at no cost from the IRS or other relevant tax authority of a U.S. territory (Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands) or commonwealth (Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands), or a foreign government that lists 2016 tax account information of the tax filer. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:43 May 04, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\05MYN1.SGM 05MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 86 / Friday, May 5, 2017 / Notices 21205 FAFSA information Acceptable documentation Income information for tax filers with special circumstances. a. Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) ..................... b. U.S. Income Tax Paid ................................. c. Untaxed Portions of IRA Distributions ........ d. Untaxed Portions of Pensions .................... e. IRA Deductions and Payments ................... f. Tax Exempt Interest Income ........................ g. Education Credits ........................................ (1) For a student, or the parent(s) of a dependent student, who filed a 2016 joint income tax return and whose income is used in the calculation of the applicant’s expected family contribution and who at the time the FAFSA was completed was separated, divorced, widowed, or married to someone other than the individual included on the 2016 joint income tax return— (a) A transcript obtained from the IRS or other relevant tax authority that lists 2016 tax account information of the tax filer(s); and (b) A copy of IRS Form W–2 2 for each source of 2016 employment income received or an equivalent document.2 (2) For an individual who is required to file a 2016 IRS income tax return and has been granted a filing extension by the IRS beyond the automatic six-month extension for tax year 2016— (a) A copy of IRS Form 4868,3 ‘‘Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return,’’ the individual filed with the IRS for tax year 2016; (b) A copy of the IRS’s approval of an extension beyond the automatic six-month extension for tax year 2016; (c) Confirmation of nonfiling from the IRS dated on or after October 1, 2017; (d) A copy of IRS Form W–2 2 for each source of 2016 employment income received or an equivalent document; 2 and (e) If self-employed, a signed statement certifying the amount of AGI and U.S. income tax paid for tax year 2016. Note: An institution may require that, after the income tax return is filed, an individual granted a filing extension beyond the automatic six-month extension submit tax information using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or by obtaining a transcript from the IRS that lists 2016 tax account information. When an institution receives such information, it must be used to reverify the FAFSA information included on the transcript. (3) For an individual who was the victim of IRS tax-related identity theft— (a) A Tax Return DataBase View (TRDBV) transcript obtained from the IRS; and (b) A statement signed and dated by the tax filer indicating that he or she was a victim of IRS tax-related identity theft and that the IRS has been made aware of the tax-related identity theft. Note: Tax filers may inform the IRS of the tax-related identity theft and obtain a TRDBV transcript by calling the IRS’s Identity Protection Specialized Unit (IPSU) at 1–800–908–4490. Tax filers who cannot obtain a TRDBV transcript may instead submit another official IRS transcript or equivalent document provided by the IRS if it includes all of the income and tax information required to be verified. Unless the institution has reason to suspect the authenticity of the TRDBV transcript or an equivalent document provided by the IRS, a signature or stamp or any other validation from the IRS is not needed. (4) For an individual who filed an amended tax return with the IRS— (a) A transcript obtained from the IRS that lists 2016 tax account information of the tax filer(s); and (b) A signed copy of the IRS Form 1040X that was filed with the IRS. Income information for nontax filers ................... Income earned from work ................................... For an individual who has not filed and, under IRS or other relevant tax authority rules (e.g., the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, a U.S. territory or commonwealth or a foreign government), is not required to file a 2016 income tax return— (1) A signed statement certifying— (a) That the individual has not filed and is not required to file a 2016 income tax return; and (b) The sources of 2016 income earned from work and the amount of income from each source; (2) A copy of IRS Form W–2 2 for each source of 2016 employment income received or an equivalent document; 2 and (3) Except for dependent students, confirmation of nonfiling from the IRS or other relevant tax authority dated on or after October 1, 2017. A statement signed by the applicant and, if the applicant is a dependent student, by one of the applicant’s parents, that lists the name and age of each household member for the 2018– 2019 award year and the relationship of that household member to the applicant. Note: Verification of number of household members is not required if— • For a dependent student, the household size indicated on the ISIR is two and the parent is single, separated, divorced, or widowed, or the household size indicated on the ISIR is three if the parents are married or unmarried and living together; or • For an independent student, the household size indicated on the ISIR is one and the applicant is single, separated, divorced, or widowed, or the household size indicated on the ISIR is two if the applicant is married. (1) A statement signed by the applicant and, if the applicant is a dependent student, by one of the applicant’s parents listing the name and age of each household member who is or will be attending an eligible postsecondary educational institution as at least a half-time student in the 2018–2019 award year in a program that leads to a degree or certificate and the name of that educational institution. SRADOVICH on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Number of Household Members ........................ Number in College .............................................. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:43 May 04, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\05MYN1.SGM 05MYN1 21206 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 86 / Friday, May 5, 2017 / Notices FAFSA information Acceptable documentation (2) If an institution has reason to believe that the signed statement provided by the applicant regarding the number of household members enrolled in eligible postsecondary institutions is inaccurate, the institution must obtain documentation from each institution named by the applicant that the household member in question is, or will be, attending on at least a halftime basis unless— (a) The applicant’s institution determines that such documentation is not available because the household member in question has not yet registered at the institution the household member plans to attend; or (b) The institution has documentation indicating that the household member in question will be attending the same institution as the applicant. Note: Verification of the number of household members in college is not required if the number in college indicated on the ISIR is ‘‘1.’’ The applicant’s high school completion status when the applicant attends the institution in 2018–2019. (1) High School Diploma (a) A copy of the applicant’s high school diploma; (b) A copy of the applicant’s final official high school transcript that shows the date when the diploma was awarded; or (c) A copy of the ‘‘secondary school leaving certificate’’ (or other similar document) for students who completed secondary education in a foreign country and are unable to obtain a copy of their high school diploma or transcript. Note: Institutions that have the expertise may evaluate foreign secondary school credentials to determine their equivalence to U.S. high school diplomas. Institutions may also use a foreign diploma evaluation service for this purpose. (2) Recognized Equivalent of a High School Diploma (a) General Educational Development (GED) Certificate or GED transcript; (b) A State certificate or transcript received by a student after the student has passed a State-authorized examination (HiSET, TASC, or other State-authorized examination) that the State recognizes as the equivalent of a high school diploma; (c) An academic transcript that indicates the student successfully completed at least a twoyear program that is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor’s degree at any participating institution; or (d) For a person who is seeking enrollment in an educational program that leads to at least an associate degree or its equivalent and who excelled academically in high school but did not complete high school, documentation from the high school that the student excelled academically and documentation from the postsecondary institution that the student has met its written policies for admitting such students. (3) Homeschool (a) If the State where the student was homeschooled requires by law that such students obtain a secondary school completion credential for homeschool (other than a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent), a copy of that credential; or (b) If such State law does not require the credential noted in (3a), a transcript or the equivalent signed by the student’s parent or guardian that lists the secondary school courses the student completed and documents the successful completion of a secondary school education in a homeschool setting. Note: In cases where documentation of an applicant’s completion of a secondary school education is unavailable, e.g., the secondary school is closed and information is not available from another source, such as the local school district or a State Department of Education, or in the case of homeschooling, the parent(s)/guardian(s) who provided the homeschooling is deceased, an institution may accept alternative documentation to verify the applicant’s high school completion status (e.g., DD Form 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty that indicates the individual is a high school graduate or equivalent). When documenting an applicant’s high school completion status, an institution may rely on documentation it has already collected for purposes other than the Title IV verification requirements (e.g., high school transcripts maintained in the admissions office) if the documentation meets the criteria outlined above. Verification of high school completion status is not required if the institution successfully verified and documented the applicant’s high school completion status for a prior award year. Identity/Statement of Educational Purpose ........ SRADOVICH on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES High School Completion Status .......................... (1) An applicant must appear in person and present the following documentation to an institutionally authorized individual to verify the applicant’s identity— (a) An unexpired valid government-issued photo identification 4 such as, but not limited to, a driver’s license, non-driver’s identification card, other State-issued identification, or U.S. passport. The institution must maintain an annotated copy of the unexpired valid government-issued photo identification that includes— i. The date the identification was presented; and ii. The name of the institutionally authorized individual who reviewed the identification; and (b) A signed statement using the exact language as follows, except that the student’s identification number is optional if collected elsewhere on the same page as the statement: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:43 May 04, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\05MYN1.SGM 05MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 86 / Friday, May 5, 2017 / Notices FAFSA information 21207 Acceptable documentation Statement of Educational Purpose I certify that I llllllllll (Print Student’s Name) the individual signing this Statement of Educational Purpose and that the Federal student financial assistance I may receive will only be used for educational purposes and to pay the cost of attending llllllll for 2018–2019. (Name of Postsecondary Educational Institution) llllllllllllllllll llllll (Student’s Signature) (Date) llllllllll (Student’s ID Number) (2) If an institution determines that an applicant is unable to appear in person to present an unexpired valid photo identification and execute the Statement of Educational Purpose, the applicant must provide the instituton with— (a) A copy of an unexpired valid government-issued photo identification 4 such as, but not limited to, a driver’s license, non-driver’s identification card, other State-issued identification, or U.S. passport, that is acknowledged in a notary statement or that is presented to a notary; and (b) An original notarized statement signed by the applicant using the exact language as follows, except that the student’s identification number is optional if collected elsewhere on the same page as the statement: Statement of Educational Purpose I certify that I llllllllll (Print Student’s Name) the individual signing this Statement of Educational Purpose and that the Federal student financial assistance I may receive will only be used for educational purposes and to pay the cost of attending llllllll for 2018–2019. (Name of Postsecondary Educational Institution) llllllllllllllllll llllll (Student’s Signature) (Date) llllllllll (Student’s ID Number) SRADOVICH on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 1 In lieu of obtaining a transcript whenever mentioned in the above chart, an institution may accept from the tax filer a copy of the 2016 income tax return that was submitted to the IRS or other tax authority only— (a) When the Secretary issues guidance permitting such submission; or (b) When the tax authority of a U.S. territory (Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands) or commonwealth (Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands), or a foreign government does not provide the required information at no charge to the tax filer. The copy of the 2016 income tax return must include the signature of the tax filer, or 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. For a tax filer who filed an income tax return other than an IRS form, such as a foreign or Puerto Rican tax form, the institution 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 individual who did not retain a copy of his or her 2016 tax account information and for whom that information cannot be located by the IRS or other relevant tax authority, must submit to the institution— (a) Copies of all IRS Form W–2s for each source of 2016 employment income or equivalent documents; or (b) If self-employed or filed an income tax return with a government of a U. S. territory or commonwealth, or a foreign government, a signed statement certifying the amount of AGI and income taxes paid for tax year 2016; and (c) Documentation from the IRS or other relevant tax authority that indicates the individual’s 2016 tax account information cannot be located; and (d) A signed statement that indicates that the individual did not retain a copy of his or her 2016 tax account information. 2 An individual who is required to submit an IRS Form W–2 or an equivalent document but did not maintain a copy should request a duplicate from the employer who issued the original or from the government agency that issued the equivalent document. If the individual is unable to obtain a duplicate W–2 or an equivalent document 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, or an equivalent document, is not available in a timely manner. 3 For an individual who was called up for active duty or for qualifying National Guard duty during a war or other military operation or national emergency, in lieu of IRS Form 4868, an institution must accept a statement from the individual certifying that he or she has not filed an income tax return or a request for a filing extension because of that service. 4 An unexpired valid government-issued photo identification is one issued by the U.S. government, any of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native Tribe, American Samoa, Guam, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau. Verification Requirements for Individuals Who Are Eligible for an Auto Zero Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Only the following FAFSA/ISIR information must be verified: For dependent students— VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:43 May 04, 2017 Jkt 241001 • The parents’ AGI if the parents were tax filers; • The parents’ income earned from work if the parents were nontax filers; and • The student’s high school completion status and identity/ PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 statement of educational purpose, if selected. For independent students— • The student’s and spouse’s AGI if they were tax filers; • The student’s and spouse’s income earned from work if they were nontax filers; E:\FR\FM\05MYN1.SGM 05MYN1 21208 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 86 / Friday, May 5, 2017 / Notices • The student’s high school completion status and identity/ statement of educational purpose, if selected; and • The number of household members to determine if the independent student has one or more dependents other than a spouse. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Other Sources for Detailed Information AGENCY: We provide a more detailed discussion on the verification process in the following resources: • 2018–2019 Application and Verification Guide. • 2018–2019 ISIR Guide. • 2018–2019 SAR Comment Codes and Text. • 2018–2019 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. SRADOVICH on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 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. CFDA Numbers: 84.007, 84.033, 84.038, 84.063, and 84.268. Dated: May 2, 2017. Lynn B. Mahaffie, Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education. [FR Doc. 2017–09167 Filed 5–4–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:43 May 04, 2017 Jkt 241001 [Docket No. ED–2017–ICCD–0059] Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, Federal Direct PLUS Loan Request for Supplemental Information Federal Student Aid (FSA), Department of Education (ED). ACTION: Notice. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before July 5, 2017. ADDRESSES: To access and review all the documents related to the information collection listed in this notice, please use http://www.regulations.gov by searching the Docket ID number ED– 2017–ICCD–0059. Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov by selecting the Docket ID number or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. Please note that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period will not be accepted. Written requests for information or comments submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the Director of the Information Collection Clearance Division, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Room 224–84, Washington, DC 20202–4537. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Beth Grebeldinger, 202–377–4018. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Education (ED), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department’s information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. ED is soliciting comments on the proposed information collection request (ICR) that is described below. The Department of Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Please note that written comments received in response to this notice will be considered public records. Title of Collection: William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, Federal Direct PLUS Loan Request for Supplemental Information. OMB Control Number: 1845–0103. Type of Review: An extension of an existing information collection. Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals or Households. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 1,230,000. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 615,000. Abstract: The Federal Direct PLUS Loan Request for Supplemental Information serves as the means by which a parent or graduate/professional student Direct PLUS Loan applicant may provide certain information to a school that will assist the school in originating the borrower’s Direct PLUS Loan award, as an alternative to providing this information to the school by other means established by the school. Dated: May 2, 2017. Kate Mullan, Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Office of the Chief Privacy Officer, Office of Management. [FR Doc. 2017–09092 Filed 5–4–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY State Energy Advisory Board Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice of cancellation of open teleconference. 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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 86 (Friday, May 5, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 21204-21208]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-09167]


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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA[supreg]) 
Information To Be Verified for the 2018-2019 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 2018-2019 award year.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jacquelyn C. Butler, U.S. Department 
of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 6W232, Washington, DC 
20202. Telephone: (202) 453-6088.
    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: If the Secretary selects an applicant for 
verification, the applicant's Institutional Student Information Record 
(ISIR) includes flags that indicate (1) that the applicant has been 
selected by the Secretary for verification and (2) the Verification 
Tracking Group in which the applicant has been placed. The Verification 
Tracking Group indicates which FAFSA information needs to be verified 
for the applicant and, if appropriate, for 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 contact the institution for 
further instructions for completing the verification process.
    The following chart lists, for the 2018-2019 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, under Sec.  668.57, be provided to an institution for that 
information to be verified.

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      FAFSA information                 Acceptable documentation
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Income information for tax     (1) 2016 tax account information of the
 filers.                        tax filer that the Secretary has
a. Adjusted Gross Income        identified as having been obtained from
 (AGI).                         the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
b. U.S. Income Tax Paid......   through the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and
c. Untaxed Portions of IRA      that has not been changed after the
 Distributions.                 information was obtained from the IRS;
d. Untaxed Portions of          or
 Pensions.                     (2) A transcript \1\ obtained at no cost
e. IRA Deductions and           from the IRS or other relevant tax
 Payments.                      authority of a U.S. territory (Guam,
f. Tax Exempt Interest Income   American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands)
g. Education Credits.........   or commonwealth (Puerto Rico and the
                                Northern Mariana Islands), or a foreign
                                government that lists 2016 tax account
                                information of the tax filer.
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Income information for tax     (1) For a student, or the parent(s) of a
 filers with special            dependent student, who filed a 2016
 circumstances.                 joint income tax return and whose income
a. Adjusted Gross Income        is used in the calculation of the
 (AGI).                         applicant's expected family contribution
b. U.S. Income Tax Paid......   and who at the time the FAFSA was
c. Untaxed Portions of IRA      completed was separated, divorced,
 Distributions.                 widowed, or married to someone other
d. Untaxed Portions of          than the individual included on the 2016
 Pensions.                      joint income tax return--
e. IRA Deductions and          (a) A transcript obtained from the IRS or
 Payments.                      other relevant tax authority that lists
f. Tax Exempt Interest Income   2016 tax account information of the tax
g. Education Credits.........   filer(s); and
                               (b) A copy of IRS Form W-2 \2\ for each
                                source of 2016 employment income
                                received or an equivalent document.\2\
                               (2) For an individual who is required to
                                file a 2016 IRS income tax return and
                                has been granted a filing extension by
                                the IRS beyond the automatic six-month
                                extension for tax year 2016--
                               (a) A copy of IRS Form 4868,\3\
                                ``Application for Automatic Extension of
                                Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax
                                Return,'' the individual filed with the
                                IRS for tax year 2016;
                                 (b) A copy of the IRS's approval of an
                                  extension beyond the automatic six-
                                  month extension for tax year 2016;
                                 (c) Confirmation of nonfiling from the
                                  IRS dated on or after October 1, 2017;
                                 (d) A copy of IRS Form W-2 \2\ for each
                                  source of 2016 employment income
                                  received or an equivalent document;
                                  \2\ and
                                 (e) If self-employed, a signed
                                  statement certifying the amount of AGI
                                  and U.S. income tax paid for tax year
                                  2016.
                               Note: An institution may require that,
                                after the income tax return is filed, an
                                individual granted a filing extension
                                beyond the automatic six-month extension
                                submit tax information using the IRS
                                Data Retrieval Tool or by obtaining a
                                transcript from the IRS that lists 2016
                                tax account information. When an
                                institution receives such information,
                                it must be used to reverify the FAFSA
                                information included on the transcript.
                               (3) For an individual who was the victim
                                of IRS tax-related identity theft--
                                 (a) A Tax Return DataBase View (TRDBV)
                                  transcript obtained from the IRS; and
                                 (b) A statement signed and dated by the
                                  tax filer indicating that he or she
                                  was a victim of IRS tax-related
                                  identity theft and that the IRS has
                                  been made aware of the tax-related
                                  identity theft.
                               Note: Tax filers may inform the IRS of
                                the tax-related identity theft and
                                obtain a TRDBV transcript by calling the
                                IRS's Identity Protection Specialized
                                Unit (IPSU) at 1-800-908-4490. Tax
                                filers who cannot obtain a TRDBV
                                transcript may instead submit another
                                official IRS transcript or equivalent
                                document provided by the IRS if it
                                includes all of the income and tax
                                information required to be verified.
                                Unless the institution has reason to
                                suspect the authenticity of the TRDBV
                                transcript or an equivalent document
                                provided by the IRS, a signature or
                                stamp or any other validation from the
                                IRS is not needed.
                               (4) For an individual who filed an
                                amended tax return with the IRS--
                                 (a) A transcript obtained from the IRS
                                  that lists 2016 tax account
                                  information of the tax filer(s); and
                                 (b) A signed copy of the IRS Form 1040X
                                  that was filed with the IRS.
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Income information for nontax  For an individual who has not filed and,
 filers.                        under IRS or other relevant tax
Income earned from work......   authority rules (e.g., the Republic of
                                the Marshall Islands, the Republic of
                                Palau, the Federated States of
                                Micronesia, a U.S. territory or
                                commonwealth or a foreign government),
                                is not required to file a 2016 income
                                tax return--
                               (1) A signed statement certifying--
                                 (a) That the individual has not filed
                                  and is not required to file a 2016
                                  income tax return; and
                                 (b) The sources of 2016 income earned
                                  from work and the amount of income
                                  from each source;
                               (2) A copy of IRS Form W-2 \2\ for each
                                source of 2016 employment income
                                received or an equivalent document; \2\
                                and
                               (3) Except for dependent students,
                                confirmation of nonfiling from the IRS
                                or other relevant tax authority dated on
                                or after October 1, 2017.
Number of Household Members..  A statement signed by the applicant and,
                                if the applicant is a dependent student,
                                by one of the applicant's parents, that
                                lists the name and age of each household
                                member for the 2018-2019 award year and
                                the relationship of that household
                                member to the applicant.
                               Note: Verification of number of household
                                members is not required if--
                                For a dependent student, the
                                household size indicated on the ISIR is
                                two and the parent is single, separated,
                                divorced, or widowed, or the household
                                size indicated on the ISIR is three if
                                the parents are married or unmarried and
                                living together; or
                                For an independent student, the
                                household size indicated on the ISIR is
                                one and the applicant is single,
                                separated, divorced, or widowed, or the
                                household size indicated on the ISIR is
                                two if the applicant is married.
Number in College............  (1) A statement signed by the applicant
                                and, if the applicant is a dependent
                                student, by one of the applicant's
                                parents listing the name and age of each
                                household member who is or will be
                                attending an eligible postsecondary
                                educational institution as at least a
                                half-time student in the 2018-2019 award
                                year in a program that leads to a degree
                                or certificate and the name of that
                                educational institution.

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                               (2) If an institution has reason to
                                believe that the signed statement
                                provided by the applicant regarding the
                                number of household members enrolled in
                                eligible postsecondary institutions is
                                inaccurate, the institution must obtain
                                documentation from each institution
                                named by the applicant that the
                                household member in question is, or will
                                be, attending on at least a half-time
                                basis unless--
                                 (a) The applicant's institution
                                  determines that such documentation is
                                  not available because the household
                                  member in question has not yet
                                  registered at the institution the
                                  household member plans to attend; or
                                 (b) The institution has documentation
                                  indicating that the household member
                                  in question will be attending the same
                                  institution as the applicant.
                               Note: Verification of the number of
                                household members in college is not
                                required if the number in college
                                indicated on the ISIR is ``1.''
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High School Completion Status  The applicant's high school completion
                                status when the applicant attends the
                                institution in 2018-2019.
                               (1) High School Diploma
                               (a) A copy of the applicant's high school
                                diploma;
                                 (b) A copy of the applicant's final
                                  official high school transcript that
                                  shows the date when the diploma was
                                  awarded; or
                                 (c) A copy of the ``secondary school
                                  leaving certificate'' (or other
                                  similar document) for students who
                                  completed secondary education in a
                                  foreign country and are unable to
                                  obtain a copy of their high school
                                  diploma or transcript.
                               Note: Institutions that have the
                                expertise may evaluate foreign secondary
                                school credentials to determine their
                                equivalence to U.S. high school
                                diplomas. Institutions may also use a
                                foreign diploma evaluation service for
                                this purpose.
                               (2) Recognized Equivalent of a High
                                School Diploma
                               (a) General Educational Development (GED)
                                Certificate or GED transcript;
                                 (b) A State certificate or transcript
                                  received by a student after the
                                  student has passed a State-authorized
                                  examination (HiSET, TASC, or other
                                  State-authorized examination) that the
                                  State recognizes as the equivalent of
                                  a high school diploma;
                                 (c) An academic transcript that
                                  indicates the student successfully
                                  completed at least a two-year program
                                  that is acceptable for full credit
                                  toward a bachelor's degree at any
                                  participating institution; or
                                 (d) For a person who is seeking
                                  enrollment in an educational program
                                  that leads to at least an associate
                                  degree or its equivalent and who
                                  excelled academically in high school
                                  but did not complete high school,
                                  documentation from the high school
                                  that the student excelled academically
                                  and documentation from the
                                  postsecondary institution that the
                                  student has met its written policies
                                  for admitting such students.
                               (3) Homeschool
                               (a) If the State where the student was
                                homeschooled requires by law that such
                                students obtain a secondary school
                                completion credential for homeschool
                                (other than a high school diploma or its
                                recognized equivalent), a copy of that
                                credential; or
                                 (b) If such State law does not require
                                  the credential noted in (3a), a
                                  transcript or the equivalent signed by
                                  the student's parent or guardian that
                                  lists the secondary school courses the
                                  student completed and documents the
                                  successful completion of a secondary
                                  school education in a homeschool
                                  setting.
                               Note: In cases where documentation of an
                                applicant's completion of a secondary
                                school education is unavailable, e.g.,
                                the secondary school is closed and
                                information is not available from
                                another source, such as the local school
                                district or a State Department of
                                Education, or in the case of
                                homeschooling, the parent(s)/guardian(s)
                                who provided the homeschooling is
                                deceased, an institution may accept
                                alternative documentation to verify the
                                applicant's high school completion
                                status (e.g., DD Form 214 Certificate of
                                Release or Discharge From Active Duty
                                that indicates the individual is a high
                                school graduate or equivalent).
                               When documenting an applicant's high
                                school completion status, an institution
                                may rely on documentation it has already
                                collected for purposes other than the
                                Title IV verification requirements
                                (e.g., high school transcripts
                                maintained in the admissions office) if
                                the documentation meets the criteria
                                outlined above.
                               Verification of high school completion
                                status is not required if the
                                institution successfully verified and
                                documented the applicant's high school
                                completion status for a prior award
                                year.
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Identity/Statement of          (1) An applicant must appear in person
 Educational Purpose.           and present the following documentation
                                to an institutionally authorized
                                individual to verify the applicant's
                                identity--
                                 (a) An unexpired valid government-
                                  issued photo identification \4\ such
                                  as, but not limited to, a driver's
                                  license, non-driver's identification
                                  card, other State-issued
                                  identification, or U.S. passport. The
                                  institution must maintain an annotated
                                  copy of the unexpired valid government-
                                  issued photo identification that
                                  includes--
                                  i. The date the identification was
                                   presented; and
                                  ii. The name of the institutionally
                                   authorized individual who reviewed
                                   the identification; and
                                 (b) A signed statement using the exact
                                  language as follows, except that the
                                  student's identification number is
                                  optional if collected elsewhere on the
                                  same page as the statement:

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                                    Statement of Educational Purpose
                               I certify that I __________
                                (Print Student's Name)
                               the individual signing this Statement of
                                Educational Purpose and that the Federal
                                student financial assistance I may
                                receive will only be used for
                                educational purposes and to pay the cost
                                of attending ________ for 2018-2019.
                               (Name of Postsecondary Educational
                                Institution)
                               __________________ ______
                               (Student's Signature) (Date)
                               __________
                               (Student's ID Number)
                               (2) If an institution determines that an
                                applicant is unable to appear in person
                                to present an unexpired valid photo
                                identification and execute the Statement
                                of Educational Purpose, the applicant
                                must provide the instituton with--
                                 (a) A copy of an unexpired valid
                                  government-issued photo identification
                                  \4\ such as, but not limited to, a
                                  driver's license, non-driver's
                                  identification card, other State-
                                  issued identification, or U.S.
                                  passport, that is acknowledged in a
                                  notary statement or that is presented
                                  to a notary; and
                                 (b) An original notarized statement
                                  signed by the applicant using the
                                  exact language as follows, except that
                                  the student's identification number is
                                  optional if collected elsewhere on the
                                  same page as the statement:
                                    Statement of Educational Purpose
                               I certify that I __________
                                (Print Student's Name)
                               the individual signing this Statement of
                                Educational Purpose and that the Federal
                                student financial assistance I may
                                receive will only be used for
                                educational purposes and to pay the cost
                                of attending ________ for 2018-2019.
                               (Name of Postsecondary Educational
                                Institution)
                               __________________ ______
                               (Student's Signature) (Date)
                               __________
                               (Student's ID Number)
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\1\ In lieu of obtaining a transcript whenever mentioned in the above
  chart, an institution may accept from the tax filer a copy of the 2016
  income tax return that was submitted to the IRS or other tax authority
  only--
(a) When the Secretary issues guidance permitting such submission; or
(b) When the tax authority of a U.S. territory (Guam, American Samoa,
  the U.S. Virgin Islands) or commonwealth (Puerto Rico and the Northern
  Mariana Islands), or a foreign government does not provide the
  required information at no charge to the tax filer.
The copy of the 2016 income tax return must include the signature of the
  tax filer, or 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.
For a tax filer who filed an income tax return other than an IRS form,
  such as a foreign or Puerto Rican tax form, the institution 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 individual who did not retain a copy of his or her 2016 tax account
  information and for whom that information cannot be located by the IRS
  or other relevant tax authority, must submit to the institution--
(a) Copies of all IRS Form W-2s for each source of 2016 employment
  income or equivalent documents; or
(b) If self-employed or filed an income tax return with a government of
  a U. S. territory or commonwealth, or a foreign government, a signed
  statement certifying the amount of AGI and income taxes paid for tax
  year 2016; and
(c) Documentation from the IRS or other relevant tax authority that
  indicates the individual's 2016 tax account information cannot be
  located; and
(d) A signed statement that indicates that the individual did not retain
  a copy of his or her 2016 tax account information.
\2\ An individual who is required to submit an IRS Form W-2 or an
  equivalent document but did not maintain a copy should request a
  duplicate from the employer who issued the original or from the
  government agency that issued the equivalent document. If the
  individual is unable to obtain a duplicate W-2 or an equivalent
  document 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, or an equivalent document, is not
  available in a timely manner.
\3\ For an individual who was called up for active duty or for
  qualifying National Guard duty during a war or other military
  operation or national emergency, in lieu of IRS Form 4868, an
  institution must accept a statement from the individual certifying
  that he or she has not filed an income tax return or a request for a
  filing extension because of that service.
\4\ An unexpired valid government-issued photo identification is one
  issued by the U.S. government, any of the 50 States, the District of
  Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a federally recognized
  American Indian and Alaska Native Tribe, American Samoa, Guam, the
  Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the
  Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia,
  or the Republic of Palau.

Verification Requirements for Individuals Who Are Eligible for an Auto 
Zero Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

    Only the following FAFSA/ISIR information must be verified:
    For dependent students--
     The parents' AGI if the parents were tax filers;
     The parents' income earned from work if the parents were 
nontax filers; and
     The student's high school completion status and identity/
statement of educational purpose, if selected.
    For independent students--
     The student's and spouse's AGI if they were tax filers;
     The student's and spouse's income earned from work if they 
were nontax filers;

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     The student's high school completion status and identity/
statement of educational purpose, if selected; and
     The number of household members to determine if the 
independent student has one or more dependents other than a spouse.

Other Sources for Detailed Information

    We provide a more detailed discussion on the verification process 
in the following resources:
     2018-2019 Application and Verification Guide.
     2018-2019 ISIR Guide.
     2018-2019 SAR Comment Codes and Text.
     2018-2019 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 
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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.

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


    Dated: May 2, 2017.
Lynn B. Mahaffie,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 2017-09167 Filed 5-4-17; 8:45 am]
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