Publication Date: July 12, 2012

Posted Date: July 12, 2012

Subject: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); 2013-2014 Award Year

FR Type: Notice


[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 134 (Thursday, July 12, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 41173-41176]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-17038]
  
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
 
[CFDA Nos. 84.007, 84.033, 84.038, 84.063, and 84.268]
 
 
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); 2013-2014 Award 
Year
 
AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.
 
ACTION: Notice.
 
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    Overview Information: Free Application for Federal Student Aid 
(FAFSA) Information to be Verified for the 2013-2014 award year.
 
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. The notice also specifies 
what documentation is acceptable to the Secretary for verifying FAFSA 
information.
    Through this notice, the Secretary announces for the 2013-2014 
award year the FAFSA information subject to, and the documentation 
acceptable for, verification.
 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jacquelyn C. Butler, U.S. Department 
of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, 1990 K Street NW., 
room 8053, Washington, DC 20006. Telephone: (202) 502-7890.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), 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.
 
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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following chart lists for the 2013-2014 
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 acceptable 
documentation that must be provided under Sec.  668.57 to an 
institution for that information. The Secretary will include on the 
applicant's Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) flags that 
will indicate which FAFSA information needs to be verified for that 
applicant and, if appropriate, 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 the institution for further instructions 
for completing the verification process.
 
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\1\ A tax filer that filed an income tax return other than an IRS form,
  such as a foreign or Puerto Rican tax form, must use the income
  information (converted to U.S. dollars) from the lines of that form
  that corresponds most closely to the income information reported on a
  U.S. income tax return.
\2\ If an institution determines, consistent with guidance that the
  Secretary may provide, that obtaining a transcript from the IRS is not
  possible, the institution may, consistent with the Secretary's
  guidance, accept a copy of the 2012 income tax return. The copy must
  include the signature of the tax filer or of 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. If a copy of the 2012 income tax
  return is not available the institution must accept--
(a) A copy of IRS Form W-2 (see footnote 3) for each source of
  employment income received for tax year 2012, and if self-employed, a
  signed statement certifying the amount of AGI and taxes paid for tax
  year 2012; or
(b) A signed statement by an individual that has filed an income tax
  return with a government of a U.S. territory or commonwealth or a
  foreign central government certifying the amount of AGI and taxes paid
  for tax year 2012.
\3\ If an individual who is required to submit an IRS Form W-2 is unable
  to obtain one 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 that the IRS Form W-2 is not available in a timely
  manner.
 
Other Sources for Detailed Information
 
    We provide a more detailed discussion on the verification process 
in the following resources:
     2013-2014 Application and Verification Guide.
     2013-2014 ISIR Guide.
     2013-2014 SAR Comment Codes and Text.
     2013-2014 COD Technical Reference.
     Program Integrity Information--Questions and Answers on 
Verification at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/reg/hearulemaking/2009/verification.html.

    You may access these publications at the Information for Financial 
Aid Professionals Web site at www.ifap.ed.gov.
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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.
 
    Dated: July 9, 2012.
David A. Bergeron,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 2012-17038 Filed 7-11-12; 8:45 am]
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