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ED Releases Highly-Anticipated Verification Guidance – NASFAA


The Department of Education (ED) released guidance on the verification process on Wednesday that would decrease the burden on students, families, and financial aid administrators and ensure easier access to federal financial aid.

In an Electronic Announcement, ED wrote that it would allow copies of tax returns and written statements of non-filing to be accepted for verification purposes in lieu of obtaining IRS tax return transcripts and verification of non-filing (VONF) forms for both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 application years. This guidance is effective for all verifications conducted on or after January 9, 2019, regardless of FAFSA processing date.

Schools have been eagerly awaiting this guidance since it was announced by ED at the Federal Student Aid (FSA) conference in November, and issues with verification have compounded recently as the IRS “Get Transcript” service has been offline for scheduled maintenance since the end of 2018.

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