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When the applicant’s FAFSA is selected for verification but the applicant and/or parent(s) have applied for the 2017 IRS Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File a U.S. Tax Return, submit the following documents by the requested date on the Missing Information Letter (MIL).

When Your FAFSA is Selected for Verification...

But you and/or your Parent(s)
Applied for a 2017 IRS Tax Extension

Submit this:

Fully completed and signed 2019-20 Verification Worksheet


Copy of 2017 IRS Form 4868: Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return
And: If you apply for and are approved for an extension beyond the automatic six-month extension deadline (October 15, 2018), you must submit a copy of the unexpired IRS approval of an additional extension of filing time for tax year 2017.

Signed statement certifying that the individual—

  • Attempted to obtain Verification of Non-Filing letter from the IRS or other tax authorities and was unable to obtain the required documentation; and
  • Has not filed a 2017 Federal IRS Income Tax Return

And one, or both of these:

Copy of IRS Form W-2 for each source of employment income

Signed statement by a self-employed individual certifying the amount of the AGI and the U.S. Income Tax Paid for tax year 2017

Interim Verification

Verification is temporarily completed when the above documentation has been received.

Final Verification

Verification is not complete until the FAFSA reflects the actual 2017 Federal IRS Tax Return data.  Final Verification is required once the tax return has been filed or before the end of the enrollment period, whichever comes first, or 2019-20 financial aid must be cancelled.

Applicant and/or Parent Eligible to Transfer Data:

Visit and follow the instructions found here.

Applicant and/or Parent Not Eligible to Transfer Data:

If ineligible for the Link to IRS feature, submit a signed copy of your 2017 Federal IRS Income Tax Return.

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The Office of Student Financial Aid provides undergraduate and graduate students with resources about types of financial aid and student employment.

FAFSA School Code: 003863

Questions or for more information, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid