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Completing Dependent or Independent Verification

  • Verification forms are only to be completed if it has been requested by our office.  To determine if this form needs to be completed, log into your eTC student account and under the ‘My Dashboard’ tab click Financial Aid Status.
  • Under the ‘My Dashboard’ Tab in the eTC account will indicate which version (Dependent or Independent) of the verification worksheet needs to be completed.  Please make sure you print and complete the appropriate aid year.
  • Once you have completed all steps for your appropriate verification form please submit to the Financial Aid Office by any means listed below.

STEPS FOR DEPENDENT STUDENT VERIFICATION

Section A: Include all members in the household.

  • You (the student)
  • Parent(s) and step-parent if remarried
  • Any siblings (if in college, please list name of college)
  • Any other dependents that your parents will support at least 51% of their livelihood from July 2020-June 2021.

Section B: Student will indicate their tax return or income information for the 2018 tax filing year.

  • Box 1- Student used the data retrieval tool while completing the FAFSA and no additional tax documents are requested on the 'My Dashboard' tab.
  • Box 2- Student did file taxes in 2018 and will provide either a signed federal 1040 tax return (and any schedules if explicable) or IRS Tax Return Transcript. For an example of the 2018 tax documents click here. You can obtain a IRS Tax Return transcript by creating an account at www.IRS.gov and requesting the document electronically or by mail. You can also call the IRS at 1-800-908-9946 to request a transcript and it will be mailed to the address on file with the IRS.
  • Box 3- Student did not work in 2018 and are not required to file taxes. No additional tax information is needed.
  • Box 4- Student worked in 2018, but were not required to file a federal tax return. You will need to list the amount you earned and provide all 2018 W2's or 1099 from each place of employment.

Section C: Parent(s) will indicate their tax return or income information for the 2018 tax year.

  • Box 1- Parent(s) used the data retrieval tool while completing the FAFSA and no additional tax documents are requested on the 'My Dashboard' tab.
  • Box 2- Parent(s) did file taxes in 2018 and will provide either a signed federal 1040 tax return (and any schedules if explicable) or IRS Tax Return Transcript. For an example of the 2018 tax documents click here. Parent(s) can obtain a IRS Tax Return transcript by creating an account at www.IRS.gov and requesting the document electronically or by mail. You can also call the IRS at 1-800-908-9946 to request a transcript and it will be mailed to the address on file with the IRS. If parents are married but filed separately both parents will need to provide signed 2018 tax documents.
  • Box 3- Parent(s) did not work in 2018 and are not required to file taxes. Both parents (if married) will need to request the "Verification of Non-Filing Letter", from the IRS. For information on how to request the "Verification of Non-filing Letter" click here.
  • Box 4- Parent(s) worked in 2018, but were not required to file a federal tax return. You will need to list the amount you earned and provide all 2018 W2's or 1099 from each place of employment. Parent(s) will also need to request and submit a "Verification of Non-filing letter". For information on how to request the letter click here.

Section D: Student and Parent will need to provide an ink signature and date. *We cannot accept electronic signature.

 

STEPS FOR INDEPENDENT STUDENT VERIFICATION

Section A: Include all members in the household.

  • You (the student)
  • Spouse (if married)
  • Any dependent children
  • Any other dependents that you, the student, will support at least 51% of their livelihood from July 2020-June 2021.

Section B: Student will indicate their tax return or income information for the 2018 tax filing year.

  • Box 1- Student used the data retrieval tool while completing the FAFSA and no additional tax documents are requested on the 'My Dashboard' tab.
  • Box 2- Student did file taxes in 2018 and will provide either a signed federal 1040 tax return (and any schedules if explicable) or IRS Tax Return Transcript. For an example of the 2018 tax documents click here. You can obtain a IRS Tax Return transcript by creating an account at www.IRS.gov and requesting the document electronically or by mail. You can also call the IRS at 1-800-908-9946 to request a transcript and it will be mailed to the address on file with the IRS. If you are married but filed separately you will need to provide your spouse's signed 2018 tax documents.
  • Box 3- Student (spouse, if applicable) did not work in 2018 and are not required to file taxes. Student and spouse (if married) will need to request the "Verification of Non-Filing Letter", from the IRS. For information on how to request the "Verification of Non-filing Letter" click here.
  • Box 4- Student (and spouse) worked in 2018, but were not required to file a federal tax return. Student will need to list the amount they earned and provide all 2018 W2's or 1099 from each place of employment. If married you will need to provide all of your spouse's 2018 W2's or 1099 from each place of employment.

Section C: Student will need to provide an ink signature and date. *We cannot accept electronic signature.