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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Constitution Day: Monday, September 17, 2018

Learn more about Constitution Day and events being held at the National Constitution Center at:

Join the conversation among Constitutional Law faculty on the Constitution and the US Supreme Court in the Commons at noon on September 17, 2018.

Thursday, September 27, 2018 Constitution Day Lecture at Charles Widger School of Law


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


Freshman Deadlines

Freshman Class of 2023 Financial Assistance Application Deadlines:*

*Financial Aid Applications will be available to complete starting October 1st.

Early Decision Applicants:            November 1, 2018

Early Action & Regular Decision Applicants: January 15, 2019

  • 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed online at 
  • 2019-2020 CSS Profile must be filed online at
  • Signed copies of custodial parent(s)', stepparent's, and student's 2017 US Federal or Puerto Rico Tax Return as well as 2017 Federal W-2's, 1099/1099R's, and all tax schedules must be submitted to IDOC.


Returning Student Deadlines

The Villanova University Financial Assistance Deadline for 2018-2019 Returning Students is:

April 1, 2018 - Completed application materials must be postmarked by this date.

·2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed PRIOR TO this date online at

·2018-2019 CSS Profile must be filed PRIOR TO this date online at

·Completed signed copies of custodial parent(s)’, stepparent’s, and student’s 2016 US Federal or Puerto Rico Tax Return as well as 2016 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

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool for the 2018-2019 academic year is available as of October 1st to complete the FAFSA and Federal Verification Process.  We strongly recommend utilizing this tool when completing the FAFSA to ensure that all information is accurate.  Please refer to Step 4: Federal Verification for complete instructions.