Publication Date: July 13, 2011
Posted Date: July 13, 2011
Subject: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); Information To Be Verified for the 2012-2013 Award Year
FR Type: Notice
[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 134 (Wednesday, July 13, 2011)] [Notices] [Pages 41231-41233] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2011-17655] ================================================================ --------------------------------------------------------------- DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [CFDA Nos. 84.007, 84.033, 84.038, 84.063, and 84.268] Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); Information To Be Verified for the 2012-2013 Award Year AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice. ---------------------------------------------------------------- SUMMARY: On October 29, 2010, the Secretary published in the Federal Register (75 FR 66832) final regulations related to program integrity issues in the programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). Included in these regulations were changes to subpart E of part 668 of title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which includes the Department's regulations for the verification of information submitted on a FAFSA by an applicant for financial assistance from the Federal student assistance programs authorized under title IV of the HEA. New Sec. 668.56(a) provides that for each award year the Secretary will publish in the Federal Register a notice announcing the FAFSA information that an institution and an applicant may be required to verify. New Sec. 668.57(d) further provides that if an applicant is selected to verify FAFSA information specified in the Federal Register notice, the applicant must provide the documentation that the Secretary has specified for that information in the Federal Register notice. Accordingly, through this notice, the Secretary announces the FAFSA information that an institution and an applicant may be required to verify and the acceptable documentation that an applicant must provide to an institution to verify such FAFSA information for the 2012-2013 award year, which is the first award year following the effective date of the regulations. 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 computer diskette) on request to the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following chart lists the FAFSA information that an institution and an applicant and, if appropriate his or her parent(s) or spouse, may be required to verify and the acceptable documentation that an applicant must provide to an institution for that selected item for the 2012-2013 award year.
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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 the relevant income tax return that corresponds most closely to the income information reported on a U.S. income tax return. \2\ If an institution determines that obtaining a transcript from the IRS is not possible, the institution may accept a copy of the 2011 income tax return that includes the signature of the filer of the income tax return or one of the filers of a joint income tax return, or the preparer's Social Security Number, Employer Identification Number or that has the Preparer Tax Identification Number and has been signed, stamped, typed, or printed with the name and address of the preparer of the income tax return. Sec. 668.57(a)(1)(i) and Sec. 668.57(a)(7) \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 that includes the amount of income earned from work, the source of that income, and 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 publications:
Preamble to the Program Integrity Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) (See 75 FR 34825-34834 (June 18, 2010)). Preamble and Subpart E of the Program Integrity Final Regulations (See 75 FR 66902-66913 and 66954-66958 (October 29, 2010)). Dear Colleague Letter GEN-11-03. 2012-2013 Application and Verification Guide. 2012-2013 ISIR Guide. 2012-2013 SAR Comment Codes and Text. 2012-2013 COD Technical Reference. You may access these publications at the Information for Financial Aid Professionals Web site at: http://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: http://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: http://www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published by the Department. 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 8, 2011. Eduardo M. Ochoa, Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education. [FR Doc. 2011-17655 Filed 7-12-11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000-01-P