Verification

Verification is a requirement of the US Department of Education and is the process of confirming information submitted for consideration of the various Federal Title IV Funds including the Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, Federal Perkins Loan and Federal Direct Loans. Applicants should be aware that this federal regulation requires them to submit tax data and other requested information to the Office of Financial Assistance before the processing of student loan applications and/or the awarding of funds.  Students must submit the required information to complete the verification process no later than 45 days before the last day of the student’s enrollment.

Items to be verified include: adjusted gross income; US income taxes paid; number of family members for whom parents provide more than half of their support; the number of children in post secondary schools who are enrolled at least half time; dependency status; untaxed income; eligible non‑citizen status and any other item for which conflicting information has been submitted to the Office of Financial Assistance.

Documents/Data Required:

  • (For dependent students): signed copies of custodial parents’, stepparent’s (if applicable) and student’s US or Puerto Rico income tax returns from the prior year, W-2 form(s) and 1099 form(s).
  • Transfer of financial data from the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or submission of US Tax Return Transcript (see IRS DATA Retrieval Tool for more information)
  • (For independent students): signed copy of the student’s (and spouse’s if applicable) prior year US or Puerto Rico income tax return and W-2 forms.
  • If the student or custodial parent or stepparent (if applicable) did not file taxes or if a foreign tax return was filed, a signed non‑tax filer statement and copies of all W‑2 forms or proof of earnings must be submitted.  Non‑taxable income verification such as VA Benefits, Social Security Benefits for all household members and Public Assistance Letters must be submitted to the Office of Financial Assistance.
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Please contact us with any questions.

Office of Financial Assistance
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Ave
Kennedy Hall, Second Floor
Villanova, PA 19085
Telephone: (610) 519-4010
Fax: (610) 519-7599
Email: finaid@villanova.edu

*Starting May 19, 2017 Villanova University will be operating on its summer calendar in which the University will close at noon on Fridays.

Freshman Deadlines

Freshman Class of 2021 Financial Assistance Application Deadlines:

  • January 15, 2017 -- 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed PRIOR TO this date online at www.fafsa.gov 
  • January 15, 2017 -- 2017-2018 College Board Profile must be filed PRIOR TO this date online at profileonline.collegeboard.com
  • January 15, 2017* -- Completed signed copies of custodial parent(s)', stepparent's, and student's 2015 US Federal or Puerto Rico Tax Return as well as 2015 Federal W-2's, 1099/1099R's, and all tax schedules must be submitted to IDOC.

    *As early as November 1, 2016, but no later than January 15, 2017

**Financial Aid Awards will be available for viewing on April 1

Returning Student Deadlines

The Villanova University deadline for 2017-2018 financial aid for returning students is:

April 1, 2017 - Completed application materials must be postmarked by this date.

·2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed PRIOR TO this date online at www.fafsa.gov.

·2017-2018 College Board Profile must be filed PRIOR TO this date online at profileonline.collegeboard.com.

·Completed signed copies of custodial parent(s)’, stepparent’s, and student’s 2015 US Federal or Puerto Rico Tax Return as well as 2015 W-2’s, 1099/1099R’s, and all tax schedules must be submitted to IDOC. *Do not submit tax documents to the Office of Financial Assistance*

IRS Data Retrieval Tool

Please Note: The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is currently unavailable.  While this tool is down, anyone selected for the Federal Verification Process must submit Signed Federal Income Tax Returns, for tax filers, and/or the Signed Non-Tax Filer Statement, for non tax-filers. Please refer to Step 4: Federal Verification for complete instructions.