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The U.S. Department of Education and the CCSU FA Office select the FAFSA applications which are to be verified.  The primary information requiring verification includes a tax filer's adjusted gross income (AGI), taxes paid, and certain untaxed income. If you are selected for verification, you will be notified by the Financial Aid Office and will be required to complete additional steps before the financial aid application can be processed.   

You will be notified via email and Central Pipeline for Students.

Please do not submit documents unless requested. 

The Financial Aid Office cannot accept copies of Federal tax returns. Students and parents are encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when submitting the FAFSA.

If the applicant, parent, or spouse filed an amended return they will need to request from the IRS Tax Return Transcript along with a copy of the 1040X or amended tax return. The Transcript copies are free and may be requested online through www.irs.gov.

The FA office reviews the data and compares it with the information entered on the FAFSA.  The verification needs to be done in a timely manner otherwise a student's financial aid cannot be completed.  Failure to comply may result in cancellation of any financial aid awarded. 

Adjustments may be made to the financial aid award if differences are found between what is reported on the FAFSA and the, tax returns and other required documents, . 


Delays which may occur due to late verification

  • No financial aid grant funds may be credited and disbursed until verification is completed.

  • Financial aid cannot be posted to your CCSU bill until verification is completed. You are responsible for paying the entire bill when due. Late fees, cancellation of registration and residence hall reservations, and account holds may occur.


Changes in student status and verification may affect financial aid eligibility

  • Student status changes affect class standing, residency, dependent/independent status, and other qualifiers for eligibility.

  • Changes in the FAFSA EFC affect eligibility requirements for receiving Pell and other types of aid.

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