Federal Verification 2021-22


Federal verification requirements for 2020-21.


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 award until the verification review is complete, so we encourage timely submission of all requested documents.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:
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 July 13, 2021, there are several changes to federal verification for the 2021-22 Award Year.

 

Required Documents

  • Federal Verification Worksheet: Effective July 13, 2021, the Federal Verification Worksheet is no longer required.

  • Tax Information: Effective July 13, 2021, tax data is no longer required for Federal Verification.*

  • Nontax Filers: Effective July 13, 2021, 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.

  • High School Completion Status – Submit only if Requested

    Provide one of the following documents to indicate the student's high school completion status when the student begins college in 2021-22:

    • A copy of the student's high school diploma;

    • For students who completed secondary education in a foreign country, a copy of the "secondary school leaving certificate" or other similar document;

    • A copy of the student's final official high school transcript that shows the date when the diploma was awarded;

    • A State certificate or transcript received by a student after the student passed a State-authorized examination that the State recognizes as the equivalent of a high school diploma (GED test, HiSET, TASC, or other State-authorized examination);

    • An academic transcript that indicates the student successfully completed at least a two-year program that is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor's degree;

    • For a student who was homeschooled in a State where State law requires the student to obtain a secondary school completion credential for homeschooling (other than a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent), a copy of that credential.

    • For a student who was homeschooled in a State where State law does not require the student to obtain a secondary school completion credential for homeschooling (other than a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent), a transcript, or the equivalent, signed by the student's parent or guardian, that lists the secondary school courses the student completed and includes a statement that the student successfully completed a secondary school education in a homeschool setting.

  • 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. Bring your unexpired valid government-issued photo identification (ID) such as, but not limited to, a driver’s license, other state-issued ID, or passport to complete this Statement of Educational Purpose in our office.