The Catholic University of America

Verification of Non-Filing Letter

Verification is a review process in which the Office of Student Financial Assistance determines the accuracy of various data elements reported by the student/parent on the student's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The U.S. Department of Education has recently made changes to the verification requirements for the 2019 – 2020 academic year.  Universities are no longer required to request the IRS Verification of Non-Filing Letter.  Therefore, if you were previously asked to provide a Verification of Non-Filing Letter from the IRS, in lieu of that form, you may now provide the following documentation to our office:

  • A signed statement certifying that the individual has not filed and is not required to file a 2015 income tax return, and a listing of the sources of any 2017 income earned by the individual from work, and the amount of income from each source; this statement is available online at
  • A copy of IRS Form W–2, or an equivalent document, for each source of 2017 employment income received by the individual.

We hope these changes from the Department of Education allows you to complete verification much more efficiently. As always, our office is here to assist and guide you through the financial aid process. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.