Financial Verification


According to federal policy (Higher Education Act (e)(1)), TRIO 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.