Federal Verification 2022-23

Federal verification requirements for 2021-22.

The US Department of Education (ED) selects certain FAFSA files for a review process called verification. When this happens, our office is required to ensure that the information reported on the FAFSA is accurate.

If your application has been selected, both ED and our office will provide you with instructions on how to proceed. Federal verification is an important part of the financial aid application process. We cannot process your financial aid until the verification review is complete, so we encourage timely submission of all requested documents.

Cornell’s federal verification deadline is the end of the term or academic year for which the student is enrolled, whichever is sooner.

Only complete federal verification documents if you have been selected for verification and have been notified by the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment or by ED.

Effective May 18, 2022, there are several changes to federal verification for the 2022-23 Award Year.

Required Documents

  • Federal Verification Worksheet: Effective May 18, 2022, the Federal Verification Worksheet is no longer required.

  • Tax Information: Effective May 18, 2022, tax data is no longer required for Federal Verification.*

  • Nontax Filers: Effective May 18, 2022, nontax filers do not need to submit any additional documentation for Federal Verification.*

*Cornell may still require tax or other documentation as part of the financial aid application.

  • Statement of Educational Purpose: Submit Only if Requested. You may be required to complete a Statement of Educational Purpose as part of the Federal Verification process. For detailed information please visit our Identity and Statement of Educational Purpose webpage.