Financial Aid Verification Documents

To receive federal financial aid, you must complete your FAFSA and register on our Financial Aid Portal.

After you’ve done this, you will get an email if we need to review additional documents before you can receive financial aid. This is a process called “verification”, where the Department of Education selects some financial aid applications to make sure they are accurate.

The email you receive will list the verification documents that you need to submit to us. Once you have gathered and scanned the required documents, you should submit them via the Financial Aid Portal. The email you receive will have a link to the Portal.

There may also be forms on the Portal for you to complete and electronically sign.

We prefer documents to be uploaded, not physically mailed. Only physically mail documents if we specifically request that.

Requirements for Specific Documents

Statement of Educational Purpose

If you are required to submit a “Statement of Educational Purpose” form, you must present your identification, such as a driver’s license, in front of a notary, in order to complete. You will need to mail the original (not a copy) to us at:

City Vision Financial Aid Office
1100 E 11th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106-3028

Make sure to keep a copy for your own records.

We need the original so we can confirm that it was notarized.

Note: You are not required to sign in the presence of a notary during the COVID-19 national emergency. Until the COVID-19 national emergency has been declared to be over by the federal government, you may electronically complete the document through our Financial Aid Portal.

Tax Documents

If you are selected for verification on tax documents, you must provide all pages of a signed and dated Form 1040 with any applicable schedules or the tax transcript(s) of you and your spouse, if married, unless you did not file taxes. If you did not file taxes, you will need to complete an electronic form and submit additional documentation as requested.

If you can select it on the FAFSA site, we highly recommend that you submit your tax data using the FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool. If you use this Tool, your tax data will be copied directly from the IRS database, and you will be less likely to be selected for verification.

Alternatively, you may order a copy of your tax documents from the IRS. To request a copy of your IRS Tax Transcript, please go to or call the IRS directly at 800-908-9946 or 800-829-1040.

If you have amended your tax return, you will also need to submit an IRS Account Transcript or a signed and dated copy of the amended return.

You will need your tax information from 2 years ago, not the previous year. Therefore, for the 2020-21 aid year, you will need to fill out the FAFSA using your 2018 tax information.

If you have any questions regarding needed documentation, please email or call Traci Hedlund, Financial Aid Director, at 816-960-2008 x108.