September 26, 2020

092520VerificationSuggestedTextPackage2122AY

092520VerificationSuggestedTextPackage2122AY

This Electronic Announcement provides, in APPENDIX A, suggested text for each of the required 2021–2022 verification items that were identified in the September 3, 2020, Federal Register Notice. While use by an institution of the suggested text fulfills the regulatory verification requirements, institutions are not required to use the Department’s suggested text and formats, except as noted below. Instead, institutions may develop and use their own text, forms, documents, statements, and certifications that are specific to the items required to be verified for a particular student or group of students. The one exception is that institutions must use the exact language provided in the “Statement of Educational Purpose” in APPENDIX A for students who are placed in Verification Tracking Groups V4 or V5.

We suggest that each page of an institutionally developed verification document include appropriate headings and numbering that identify the item(s) being verified. Institutions should ensure that the verification document collects the student’s name, ID number, and other identifying information, and that each page is identified as belonging to that student. Also, institutions may have difficulty matching the tax account information with the student because the last names may be different or because portions of the tax filer’s identifiers are redacted. Therefore, we recommend that institutions advise students to write the student’s name on the tax information prior to submitting it to the institution. The verification document should include any special instructions necessary so that students will know when and how documents are to be submitted to the institution. Institutions are reminded that documentation obtained as part of the verification process must be maintained at the institution for at least the required Title IV record retention period as outlined in Volume 2 of the Federal Student Aid Handbook.

Table of 2021–2022 Verification Tracking Groups

The individual FAFSA items from the 2021–2022 Federal Register notice that an applicant must verify are based upon the Verification Tracking Group to which the applicant is assigned as outlined in the following chart.

 

2021–2022 Verification Tracking Groups
FAFSA Information Required to be Verified

Verification
Tracking Flag
Verification Tracking
Group Name
FAFSA Information Required to be Verified
V1 Standard Verification
Group
Tax Filers

  • Adjusted Gross Income
  • U.S. Income Tax Paid
  • Untaxed Portions of IRA Distributions and Pensions
  • IRA Deductions and Payments
  • Tax Exempt Interest Income
  • Education Tax Credits

Nontax Filers

  • Income Earned from Work

Tax Filers and NonTax Filers

  • Number of Household Members
  • Number in College
V2 Reserved N/A
V3 Reserved N/A
V4 Custom Verification Group
  • High School Completion Status
  • Identity/Statement of Educational Purpose
V5 Aggregate Verification Group Tax Filers

  • Adjusted Gross Income
  • U.S. Income Tax Paid
  • Untaxed Portions of IRA Distributions and Pensions
  • IRA Deductions and Payments
  • Tax Exempt Interest Income
  • Education Tax Credits

Nontax Filers

  • Income Earned from Work

Tax Filers and NonTax Filers

  • Number of Household Members
  • Number in College
  • High School Completion Status
  • Identity/Statement of Educational Purpose
V6 Reserved N/A

Attachments

APPENDIX A: 2021-2022 Suggested Verification Text in Microsoft Word Format, 14 Pages, 80KB