Certification Statement

Certification Statement

In order to submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form, you and a parent (if you’re a dependent student) must agree to the terms listed. You, the student, must agree that you

  1. will use federal and/or state student financial aid only to pay the cost of attending an institution of higher education;
  2. aren’t in default on a federal student loan or have made satisfactory arrangements to repay it;
  3. don’t owe money back on a federal student grant or have made satisfactory arrangements to repay it;
  4. will notify your college if you default on a federal student loan; and
  5. won’t receive a Federal Pell Grant from more than one college for the same period of time.

Your parent must agree to

  1. provide information that will verify the accuracy of your completed form, and
  2. provide U.S. or state income tax forms that he or she filed or is required to file.

By signing this application electronically using your FSA ID (username and password) and/or any other credential, or by signing a signature page and mailing it to us, you certify that all of the information you provided is true and complete to the best of your knowledge.

You also certify that you understand that the secretary of education has the authority to verify information reported on your application with the Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies.

If you sign the application or any document related to the Federal Student Aid programs electronically using a username and password and/or any other credential, you certify that you’re the person identified by the username and password and/or any other credential and haven’t disclosed that username and password and/or any other credential to anyone else. If you purposely give false or misleading information, you may be fined up to $20,000, sent to prison, or both.

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