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Parents Information on the FAFSA
- The instructions in the FAFSA will explain whether or not you must include parent information.
- If you think your special situation merits a review, you may meet with Las Positas College Financial Aid Staff to discuss your situation.
- Contact the Financial Aid Office at Las Positas College. One of our staff members will review your circumstances and explain your options.
- A parent's refusal to provide financial information is not a cause to change your status to independent. However, we may give you some tools to discuss more effectively with your parent.
- On the application, information should be given for the parent you lived with the most in the last 12 months. If you do not live with either parent or lived with both parents for an equal number of days, information should be given for the parent who provided the greater amount of support to you during the last calendar year.
- FAFSA instructions have information that will be helpful if you have questions about providing information from separated or divorced parents.
- Students under 24 years of age are considered dependent on their parents by federal law no matter where they live (there are limited exceptions--please note them in the FAFSA instructions).
- If your parents do not provide their information on your application, you probably cannot be considered for aid.
- If you have special circumstances which make it impossible for your parents to complete the application, contact the financial aid office and discuss it with one of our staff members.
- Give the new information to the financial aid office. The office can determine if the change will affect your eligibility for assistance.
- Current information will be verified for accuracy (perhaps correction of a simple error can improve your eligibility). Completion of a Special Circumstances form with documentation will be required prior to changing any of the data.
- The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (also known as FERPA or the Buckley Amendment) limits access to educational records without expressed written consent.
- If you wish to have someone else speak to us on your behalf, you will need to submit a FERPA form. Student must ask for this form from our office. FERPA explained.
- Verification is a process, initiated by the U.S. Department of Education or by the Financial Aid office, requiring you to verify the information that you provided on the FAFSA. You are required to submit signed copies of income tax returns and other documents to the Financial Aid Office.
- If your application is selected for verification, you will not be eligible for federal aid until this process is completed.
- About 30% of all financial aid applicants at Las Positas College are selected at random each year for verification when their application is processed. Other students are selected due to discrepancies or missing information on their application, after file review by the Financial Aid Office, or after your request for consideration of special/unusual circumstances.
- The following items must be submitted if your application is selected: A signed copy of your (and your spouse's, if married) prior year federal income tax return, and schedules. A copy of all W-2s associated with your income tax form. A signed copy of your parent's prior year federal income tax return, W-2s, and schedules (for student's who were required to provide parent financial information on the FAFSA). A completed Verification Worksheet.
- Other supporting documents that may be requested:
- Child support
- Social Security
- Birth Certificate(s)
- Social Security Card (must have correct, current name)
- Veteran's benefits
- To avoid unnecessary delays, please submit all required documents promptly. Also, be sure you have filled out the Verification Worksheet completely, and that all documents are signed by the appropriate parties. Documents with blanks and missing signatures will be returned!
- When the Financial Aid Office receives your completed Verification forms and tax returns, we compare the information on these documents to the information you provided on your original FAFSA. If information from documents you submit conflicts with your FAFSA, we may require additional information to clear up the discrepancy. The Financial Aid Office will contact you by email or U.S. mail to request additional information. Responding quickly to any requests for additional information will help avoid further delays.
- In some cases, the changes made during verification require resubmission of data to the U.S. Department of Education. If these changes affect your eligibility for assistance, you will receive a revised Award Notification.
- Note: After verification is completed, household size and number in college cannot be adjusted.
Monday: 9am - 3pm
Tuesday: 9am - 3pm & 5pm - 6:30pm
Wednesday: 9am - 1pm
Thursday: 9am - 3pm
Friday: Closed for Processing
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We have an after-hours DROPBOX located in the hallway between the Admissions and Financial Aid Offices, for your convenience.