TheKingintheNorth wrote:Why does the office of financial aid need tax returns and W-2s anyway? I'm pretty sure we were all required to put that info on our NeedAccess apps. Are they just checking if we lied?
Where did they ask for these? I have read over everything I've received from NYU, and nothing in it says that I need to submit W-2s. Can someone please explain this? Thanks!
[I'm beginning to notice that my posts often involve wondering why I'm behind or in the dark about something. This is not a good sign!]
Apparently it was in "my award letter." I don't know if everyone has an award letter or if W-2s and Tax Returns only need to be sent in if you got some money. At first I just assumed the other people talking about tax returns in the thraed didn't do the NeedAccess application because all the info on the tax documents is there already. My FAAPS did say "Awaiting Tax Documents," but I never got an email explicitly requesting them, so I wrote FinAid just to be sure what to do. This was their response:
"Thank you for your email. It states on your award letter “IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT NYU SCHOOL OF LAW INSTITUTIONAL AID POLICIES
All awards are provisional and subject to change until all required documentation is received and reviewed by our office. Please submit your 2010
federal income tax forms (and all schedules), W-2s and those of your spouse and your parents by May 15.”Please send us the required documents as soon as possible."
I just sent them in and they didn't seem to be incredibly concerned that I was six weeks past deadline.
I have no idea why they need this info, and it's slightly bothering me. I'm pretty sure my award was merit-based, and the federal government recognizes me as an "Independent Student" so the feds don't care about my parents income when looking at me.
They're not gonna take away my money when they find out my parents make 200-300k a year, right? I'm pretty sure they already knew that anyway.