Financial Verification

According to federal policy (Higher Education Act(e)(1)), SSS must provide documentation of a student’s eligibility for the program to the U.S. Department of Education and implement the grant regulations that state two-thirds of the students served must meet federal first-generation and low-income guidelines.

Most common forms of income verification include:

  • A signed copy of your parents most recent tax forms (first 2 pages that include taxable income and signature)
  • A copy of your parents IRS transcript (available by request through the IRS website or IRS office).
  • If you have no income or do not file taxes this form can be used to verify low-income eligibilityPDF File Opens in new window .

Why Do I Need To Submit My Parents Tax Forms?

Parent tax forms and signature(s) are needed if the student can still be claimed as a dependent according to Federal Financial Aid law. A student is ONLY CONSIDERED INDEPENDENT according to Federal Financial Aid if they meet one of the following criteria:

  • Is at least 24 years old by December 31 of the award year
  • Is married;
  • Has legal dependent(s)
  • Is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces;
  • Is an orphan of ward of the State of California or his/her residential state;
  • Has received a dependency override through the CSUF Office of Financial Aid

If you meet the above criteria then please submit verification of your personal income.