Your FAFSA may be selected by the Department of Education for a process known as Federal Verification. This process requires Columbia to verify your family’s household and financial information on your FAFSA is accurate.
You can determine the specific verification documents required by logging in to our Financial Aid Document Tracking system.
In order to verify your custodial parent(s)’ household information, you will need to submit a verification worksheet. Please read the instructions on the relevant worksheet carefully; incomplete worksheets will need further review and explanation.
2. Income Information
Each person who filed a 2015 US Federal Tax Return in the custodial parent’s household (each parent and/or student) must confirm her or his income.
All taxpayers must submit documentation of their filed 2015 tax return. You may choose to submit any of the following items to satisfy this requirement:
- 2015 Tax Return Transcript: Requested online, by phone, or by mail from the IRS. Please note that only a Tax Return Transcript will be sufficient for this process; do not request or submit any other type of transcript.
- If you are having trouble accessing the system, please contact the IRS directly.
- 2015 signed tax returns: “Signed” might mean an electronic signature, for electronically filed returns; an original signature by the taxpayer; or the name and Preparer Tax Identification Number of the preparer, or the preparer’s Social Security Number or EIN and has been signed, stamped, typed or printed with the preparer’s name and address.
If you or your parent(s) were not required to file a 2015 Federal Tax Return, you must still confirm your 2015 income. Please submit a Parent or Student Tax Non-Filer, including W-2 or 1099 statements for all income reported.