Important update on FAFSA processing  
As the government shutdown continues, we want to give you, students and parents the most up-to-date guidance for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.   

What we know 
  • The U.S. Department of Education is open, funded and currently processing FAFSA applications. 
  • Because some divisions of the Internal Revenue Service have closed indefinitely, students and families cannot verify their Institutional Student Information Record with tax transcripts—the traditional method of cross-checking FAFSA filings.      
What this means 
Until the IRS reopens fully, students and families students who have been selected for verification cannot access their tax transcripts and must submit an alternative form of tax information.   

What to do 
If students and families have been selected for FAFSA verification by their institution, advise them to submit their 2016 or 2017 income tax return, depending on the academic year for which they are applying for financial aid. Use CIC’s FAFSA When? Calculator to figure out which tax return should be submitted. If they do not have access to their tax returns, they may submit one of several alternatives listed on the Federal Student Aid website.    

Thank you for guiding students through this complication. For more information on changes to 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 verification requirements, please visit the Federal Student Aid website, or contact CIC at

Thank you,


Julia Pirnack


College In Colorado

Colorado Department of Higher Education

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