NACAC Urges Changes to New Income Verification Requirements on FAFSA

Arlington, Va. (Dec. 16, 2016) — NACAC joined with the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) this week in calling on the federal government to relax new income documentation practices required of students applying for financial aid.

For the 2017-18 academic year, applicants who did not file a tax return are required to submit a Verification of Non-Tax Filing (VONF) letter with their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

In a message to US Education Secretary John B. King and US Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell, NASFAA President Justin Draeger said the change is having “significant negative effects on the most vulnerable student populations.”

NACAC was one of three national organizations to sign on to the letter, which asks the Department of Education to waive the requirement.

“For these applicants, a self-certified statement of their ineligibility for IRS Get Transcript Online registration and their non-filing status should suffice for verification purposes,” Draeger wrote.

Read the full letter and visit NACAC’s Legislative Action Center.

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 15,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP).


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