The items that you are required to verify will be posted as missing requirements on your
checklist on your financial aid self-service account. Most students selected for verification will
be required to submit student and parent federal tax information.
For 2023-2024, if selected for verification, and taxes required, student and parent 2021 federal
tax data is required.
How to submit federal tax data
If a student is selected for federal or institutional verification, or in the support of an appeal,
CalArts Financial Aid may request student or parent federal tax returns.
We advise using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer tax data when completing the FAFSA. If
you are unable to complete the IRS Data Retrieval, you must submit an IRS Tax Transcript if the
student is selected for federal or institutional verification.
Detailed information on submitting tax data can be found on the page at left including:
- Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool
- How to obtain an IRS Tax transcript
- How to submit tax data when you are not required to file a federal tax return
- How to complete request if you have filed an extension
- Been a victim of tax fraud
- Filed an amended tax return
For Tax Filers
IRS Data Retrieval
The best way to submit student and/or parent federal tax data is by using the IRS Data Retrieval
Tool (IRS DRT) that is part of FAFSA on the Web at studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. In most
cases, no further documentation is needed to verify 2020 IRS income tax return information
that was transferred into the student's FAFSA using the IRS DRT, if that information was not
changed. Click IRS Data Retrieval Process for more information on the process.
IRS Tax Transcript
If the student or parent is unable or chooses not to use the IRS DRT in FAFSA on the Web, 2020
IRS Tax Return Transcript(s) must be provided to CalArts Financial Aid (signature not required).
Click IRS Tax Transcript for more information on the process.
The IRS has stopped all faxing of tax transcripts, both individual and business. Private citizens,
and third parties including tax professionals, will no longer be able to receive tax transcripts
through the fax service. Individuals requesting their tax transcripts are recommended to use
the IRS.gov "Get Transcript Online" or "Get Transcript by Mail" services.
Amended Tax Returns
An individual who filed an amended IRS income tax return for 2020 must provide a signed copy
of the 2020 IRS form 1040X, “Amended U.S. Individual Income tax Return,” that was filed with
the IRS or documentation from the IRS that includes the change(s) made by the IRS, in addition
to one of the following:
- IRS DRT information on an ISIR record with all tax information from the original tax return; or
- A 2020 IRS Tax Return Transcript (that will only include information from the original tax return and does not have to be signed), or any other IRS tax transcript that includes all of the income and tax information required to be verified.
For Non-Tax Filers
IRS Verification of Non filing Letter
Parents of dependent parents or independent student and spouse, who are non-filing, must
submit an IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter (VNF), IRS form 13873. This document must be
dated on or after October 15, 2021. If you have not received the VNF letter within 10 days after
mailing the 4506-T form to request the VNF letter, it is acceptable to submit a signed statement
indicating the date that the VNF request was made and that you have not received a response
after 10 days.
Dependent students who did not file, only required to complete the CalArts Non-filing
Once we have received tax data, it is reviewed and your data self-service check list requirement
will be updated to "complete."
If additional forms are needed from you, you will receive an email directing you to sign into
your self-service account to view a list of required documents. You can sign into your financial
aid portal to view your check list via self-service.
Submit your information to the Financial Aid Office by:
Submit documents securely only by using the Missing Documents Upload Form (do not them email directly to financial aid office).
Mail (USPS or Express):
California Institute of the Arts
Financial Aid Office
24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355
Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm (closed Fridays in the summer).
If you have questions about this process please contact is via email at email@example.com.
Please allow a minimum of three business days for a form to show as received in self-service.
We are also required to report your revised information as a correction to your FAFSA, therefore, it is important that you do not make further corrections or changes to your FAFSA while verification is pending, and once verification has been completed.