Federal Government Shutdown & Financial Aid Processing

Due to the federal government’s partial shutdown, there may be a delay in processing some students’ 2018-19 and 2019-20 FAFSAs. This is due to the Department of Education (DOE) being unable to verify aid eligibility through database matching programs used by federal agencies.

You will be notified through the Message Center and/or To Do list in the myTCC Student Center if you are affected, and you may be requested to provide additional clarification or documentation.

Income Verification

If you have already submitted your 2018-19 or 2019-20 FAFSA and have been selected for income verification, TCC will accept a signed copy of the 2016 or 2017 Federal 1040 tax form that was submitted to the IRS, in lieu of the IRS Tax Transcript.
 

Nonfiling and Nontax Filers:

TCC will accept a signed statement that states the student:

  • attempted to obtain a Verification of Nonfiling letter from the IRS (or tax preparer);
  • was unable to obtain the required documentation; and
  • has not filed and is not required to file a 2016 or 2017 income tax return


Additionally, the student needs to provide:

  • a list of all income sources earned in 2016 or 2017, and the amount of income from each source
  • a copy of an IRS-issued W-2 or equivalent (that has the employer’s EIN #) for each source of earned income from work. This will be used to verify the amount of the income earned. 

Dependent students who are nontax filers do not need to submit a signed statement stating they were unable to obtain confirmation from the IRS that they did not file taxes.

Extension Filers:

TCC will accept a signed statement that states the student:

  • attempted to obtain a Verification of Nonfiling letter from the IRS (or tax preparer);
  • was unable to obtain the required documentation; and
  • has not filed and is not required to file a 2016 or 2017 income tax return


Additionally, the student must submit:

  • a copy of IRS Form 4868, ‘‘Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return” filed with the IRS for the appropriate tax year
  • a copy of the IRS’s approval of an extension beyond six months dated on or after October 1, 2018
  • a list of all income sources earned in 2016 or 2017, and the amount of income from each source
  • a copy of an IRS-issued W-2 or equivalent (that has the employer’s EIN #) for each source of earned income from work. This will be used to verify the amount of the income earned. 


If the student is self-employed, the signed statement must include the amount of Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) and U.S. income tax paid for the applicable tax year (2016 or 2017). 

Updated: 01/10/19