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What happens if there’s a discrepancy between the data on your FAFSA and other information available to your college (like federal income tax returns)?
Until the conflicting information is resolved, the financial aid administrator can’t:
If your FAFSA was selected for verification, you can’t get your financial aid money until the verification process is finished.
Here are some common examples of conflicting information:
|FAFSA||Conflict with Federal Income Tax Returns|
|Not required to file a federal income tax return
||Income reported on the FAFSA is higher than the IRS filing threshold
No assets reported
Dividend and interest income doesn’t match tax return
|Tax return lists dividend and interest income
|Dependent student's permanent address||Custodial parent’s address doesn’t match|
|Parents are divorced and custodial parent is unmarried||No child support or alimony reported|
|Parents are divorced||Both parents filed as head of household|
To resolve conflicting information, you’ll need to do one of the following:
For example, suppose you said you were single on your FAFSA, but you said you were married on your federal income tax return. You could fix this conflict by providing documents that show that you got divorced after the end of the tax year, but before you filed the FAFSA. Or, you could file an amended federal income tax return or correct the information on the FAFSA to resolve the discrepancy.
Your school can’t disburse your federal student aid funds until you:
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