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 eligibility .
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.