Verification is a process where Linfield College is required, per federal law, to compare results from a student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) with required acceptable documentation. The Office of Financial Aid at Linfield will request acceptable documentation from the student to verify the accuracy of the completed FAFSA®, and if there are any differences Linfield will submit corrections back into the federal processor and the student will receive an updated FAFSA® reflecting the corrections.
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) selects students for the process of verification. All students enrolled in the online and continuing education program (OCE) that are federally selected for verification, and have financial need, are verified before they are sent their financial aid award notification. OCE students will not receive a full financial aid award until verification is complete, however, they will be awarded merit-based scholarships and tuition remission. Students not selected for verification by ED may be chosen for institutional verification at the discretion of the Financial Aid Administrator (FAA). Linfield will resolve any conflicting information, whether or not the student was selected for verification. Students who submit verification documentation unsolicited will have their documentation reviewed by Linfield and compared to their FAFSA® to ensure accuracy of the FAFSA®. If the data conflicts Linfield will submit a correction to ED, and notify the student of any revisions to their financial aid award.
After the student has filed the FAFSA®, completed their OCE Linfield Application for Financial Aid (LAFA) within WebAdvisor, and is admitted to Linfield, the Office of Financial Aid will begin corresponding with the student regarding the documentation required. OCE students will be notified beginning with a missing information letter, and an email to their Linfield email address. OCE students will receive an automatic email reminder every 10 days until satisfied. The type of documentation the student is required to submit depends on the verification group that ED has assigned, or the type of conflicting information that Linfield must resolve. OCE students that are married will also be required to provide spouse’s information. OCE students that are Dependent on the FAFSA must provide parent(s) information. Below are the following items that Linfield may be required to verify, this list is not all inclusive, as Linfield must resolve any conflicting information:
- Adjusted gross income (AGI)
- U.S. income tax paid
- Education credits
- Untaxed portions of IRA distributions
- Untaxed portions of pensions
- IRA deductions and payments
- Tax exempt interest income
- Income earned from work
- Number of household members
- Number in college
- High school completion status
- Identity/statement of educational purpose
- Other untaxed income
- Payments to tax-deferred pension and savings
Ultimately, if a student does not complete the verification process by the end of their enrollment period, they may be ineligible for financial aid. In some cases, the student may be eligible for a late disbursement after the term is over, or in cases where the student is no longer enrolled. Late disbursements may occur when a students’ verification has been completed, and ED has processed the FAFSA output document with an official Expected Family Contribution (EFC) while the student was still enrolled. Generally, a student ceases to be eligible for aid once the student has finished the term and is no longer enrolled.
For 2016 federal tax filers, we recommend that you utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) process within your FAFSA® on the Web. Alternately, if you are unable to utilize the IRS DRT, you may obtain a copy of your 2016 IRS Tax Return Transcript by ordering online from the IRS at http://www.irs.gov/transcript. Another method to obtain your 2016 IRS Tax Return Transcript is to call the IRS toll free at 1-800-908-9946 to order one to be mailed to you. Visit the IRS for other federal tax forms such as IRS 4506-T.
For individuals who filed a 2016 tax return with a foreign country, or with another relevant tax authority, such as with Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealths of the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands the following documents must be provided to Linfield. Foreign tax filers must provide a copy of their 2016 foreign tax transcript, if free of charge, or a signed copy of 2016 tax return filed with local taxing authority because the 2016 transcript was not free of charge. For foreign tax returns not in U.S. dollars, you must convert the monetary amounts into U.S. dollars as of the day the 2018-2019 FAFSA® was filed. 2016 tax filers with American Samoa must provide a copy of their 2016 tax account transcript. 2016 tax filers with Guam, or Commonwealths of Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, or U.S. Virgin Islands must provide a signed copy of their 2016 income tax return filed with the relevant tax authority.
Victims of Identity Theft
For a 2016 federal tax filer who is a victim of IRS-related identity theft you must contact the IRS’s Identity Protection Specialized Unit (IPSU) at 1-800-908-4490 to obtain a copy of your 2016 Tax Return Data Base View (TRDBV) transcript. Then provide a copy to Linfield of your 2016 Tax Return Data Base View (TRDBV) transcript, and a statement signed and dated by the filer indicating they were a victim of IRS tax-related identity theft and the IRS is aware of the tax-related identity theft.
Amended Federal Tax Returns
For a 2016 federal tax filer who had to file an amended tax return with the IRS, provide to Linfield a copy of the 2016 IRS Tax Return Transcript reflecting the original filing data, and a signed copy of the 2016 IRS Form 1040X, “Amended U.S. individual income Tax Return” that was filed with the IRS.
Federal Tax Return Extensions
For 2016 federal tax filers who were granted a filing extension by the IRS, beyond the automatic six-month extension for tax year 2016, because of unusual circumstances submit the following documents to Linfield. Copy of 2016 IRS Form 4868, ‘‘Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.” In addition, submit a copy of the IRS's approval of an extension beyond the automatic six-month extension for tax year 2016. Submit a Verification of Non-filing Letter (confirmation that the tax return has not yet been filed) from the IRS dated on or after October 1, 2017 obtained from the IRS by completing IRS Form 4506-T and checking box 7.. Also, submit copies of IRS Form W–2 for each source of employment income received or an equivalent document for tax year 2016 and, if self-employed, a signed statement certifying the amount of the individual’s Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) and the U.S. income tax paid for tax year 2016.
Verification for Nontax Filers
2016 nontax filers must document on the Verification Worksheet whether or not they worked in 2016. For Dependent students who had no income from work in 2016, and were not required to file a 2016 IRS tax return, they must document so on the Dependent Verification Worksheet. For Independent students who had no income from work in 2016, and were not required to file a 2016 IRS tax return, they must document so on the Independent Verification Worksheet and must also provide confirmation from the IRS of 2016 nonfiling. Complete IRS Form 4506-T or 4506T-EZ, mark box 7, to obtain this Verification of Non-filing letter to provide to the Office of Financial Aid.
For 2016 nontax filers who worked in 2016, but were not required to file a 2016 taxes they must document so on the Verification Worksheet, and must provide copies of all 2016 IRS W-2 forms, or equivalent form, for each employer, even if the employer did not issue a W-2. Independent students, their spouse, if married, and parents of dependent students must also provide confirmation from the IRS of 2016 nonfiling. Complete IRS Form 4506-T or 4506T-EZ, mark box 7, to obtain this Verification of Non-filing letter to provide to the Office of Financial Aid.
The Office of Financial Aid is required to make corrections to inaccurate information discovered through the Verification process and to use the verified information in determining a student's eligibility for financial aid. Corrections made to a student's aid application may cause a change in eligibility and result in a revised award notification.
2018-2019 Verification Forms:
- 2018-2019 Verification Worksheet - Independent- pdf
- 2018-2019 Verification Worksheet - Dependent- pdf
- 2018-2019 Asset Form - Independent- pdf
- 2018-2019 Asset Form - Dependent- pdf
- 2018-2019 Identity and Statement of Educational Purpose to be signed with Notary- pdf
- 2018-2019 High School Completion Equivalent Verification- pdf
- Order your 2016 Tax Return Transcript from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) online - external link
- Order your 2016 Verification of Non-filing Letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - pdf
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