Verification is a process where the Financial Aid office checks the accuracy of information the student provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In this process, WPU will be comparing information from your application with signed copies of your (and your parents/and or spouse’s, if you married) federal tax forms/official IRS transcripts, or with W-2 forms or other financial documents. You must submit this information before your Federal Aid is disbursed. If there are differences between your application information and your financial documents WPU will submit corrections, and adjust your aid based on your eligibility.
If you have been selected for a process called Verification through the U.S. Department of Education, this is the package you must complete and return to the Financial Aid office.
Dependent Students - Verification Form and Documents Requested (most students)
Independent Students - Verification Form and Documents Requested (only if you are over 24 years of age, married, orphan and/or graduate student)
2015-2016 Additional Verifiable Forms
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
Statement of Educational Purpose (In Person)
Statement of Educational Purpose (Notary)
Child Support Paid Form
2015-2016 Household Resources
Acceptable Documentation of High School Completion Status
2015-2016 Dependent Household Size
2015-2016 Independent Household Size
Verification must be completed or you *WILL NOT* be eligible to receive any financial aid funds, including Stafford Loans. The NJ Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) also requires that all students selected for federal verification meet those requirements before receiving any funds from the State of New Jersey. The Deadline to submit verification documents is 120 days after the last date of enrollment or September 10, 2016 whichever is earlier.
Failure to respond to requests for verification or other additional information requests will jeopardize your current and future receipt of financial assistance.
Once the Financial Aid Office has received all documentation and processed the file, your financial aid awarding will commence.
Federal Income Tax Reporting
New federal regulations require that students/parents submit official 2014 IRS Tax Return Transcripts, Tax Account Transcripts and/or Record of Account if selected for verification; paper copies of federal income tax returns CANNOT be accepted as they do not meet the federally mandated requirements. Federal Income Tax Return “transcripts” can be obtained by contacting the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at 1-800- 829-1040, or http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript. The tax filer can print, save, and/or forward the PDF IRS Tax Return Transcript as necessary.
Completed documents may be faxed to 973-720-3133, or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. All requested documentation must be submitted by June 1.
If you are a New Jersey resident receiving state aid, the NJ Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) program or other state aid, the state may select your file for state verification. In some cases, HESAA may request the same information that was requested by WPU Financial Aid Office. You must forward the same information and documentation to HESAA to avoid a delay in awarding, disbursement or loss of your state aid altogether. To ensure that your financial aid funds disburse as scheduled please submit all required documentation before state deadlines.
For your convenience, you may now link directly to the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) to report the required additional information to be considered for state aid. If you did no fill out the Additional Information Request upon completing your FAFSA click here to report Additional Information for State Aid.
2015-2016 Special Condition Request for Review
If there is a change in income for your family, please utilize this form.
2015-2016 Rental Property Value Form
To report value of rental/investment property
2015-2016 Dependency Status Appeal Form
Students who cannot answer “yes” to one of the questions in Step Three of the FAFSA, to provide the biological/adoptive parents’ information and signature when completing the FAFSA may review this form to determine if they may be eligible for a Dependency Override. With this form students must thoroughly supply documentation of EXTREME family circumstances.
Institutional Application for Tuition Waiver
(Please print and submit along with the One Stop Career Center Unemployment Tuition Waiver by deadline. Click here for the policy. Click here for summer submission dates.
2015-2016 Drug Conviction Worksheet
Please complete this worksheet if you were convicted for possessing or selling illegal drugs or because you left question 23 of the FAFSA blank.
Occasionally students want to spend a semester or academic year at another domestic institution and transfer the hours earned back to the WPU. Students often enroll simultaneously at WPU and a community college and want to combine the hours at both institutions for financial aid purposes. It is possible to receive financial aid under these circumstances as long as certain requirements are met.
You cannot receive financial aid at both institutions for the same courses. You must declare which institution is to be considered the “home school” for financial aid eligibility purposes. If you have been approved to attend another institution during a semester for part or all of your educational requirements, you can receive financial aid for that semester if approved in advance and if a consortium or contractual agreement is executed between WPU and the other institution. (For more information regarding this topic, contact Financial Aid Office directly.)
WPUNJ participates in the Family Education Right to Privacy Act (FERPA) for our student records policy. Please be aware that students would complete the FERPA Form to give permission to the University to speak with anyone other than the student. Students may authorize release of their academic, financial aid, student account and/or disciplinary recordsto a third party (i.e.., parents grandparents, etc.) by completing the FERPA form on-line. You may adjust access to the respective records at any time by simply logging into WPConnect Self Services under "Student Records". These permissions will remain active until your anticipated date of graduation.