Students are notified through email and the Student Portal (new students) or Self Serve (current students) directing them to complete the applicable forms below.  Please review the Student Portal or Self Serve if you are unsure of what documents you need to complete or contact the Office of Financial Assistance.

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In order to electronically sign the FAFSA, the student and parent will need to obtain and FSA ID.  You will need the FSA ID to complete federal loan forms too.

Loan Forms

Below are the links needed to complete the forms for the Federal Direct Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Loan. The link will take you to the Department of Education website where you will sign in using your FSA Id.  If you do not have an FSA Id, you can obtain one at the same site.  Once you are signed in, please complete the following electronically:

Perkins, McElroy or Mable Sherman Loan. The following link will direct you to our servicer website where you will complete the promissory note electronically.

Miscellaneous Forms

  • Electronic Notification and Authorization
    Cornell College is an electronic campus. All students must complete this regardless of your financial aid eligibility. After clicking on the link, you will read a short paragraph and acknowledge that you read it by signing in with you Cornell id and password.
  • Update Estimated Tax Info on FAFSA
    Please update your FAFSA form with actual 2015 tax information once your tax returns are complete.  Please update the filing status from "will file" to "completed" for both parent and student under the financial tab regarding tax file status at
  • Student/Parent Signature Page on FAFSA
    Please review your FAFSA to identify which signature(s) are needed. Please go to, login. Click the Provide Signature Button. You can choose to sign the FAFSA using the appropriate FSA Id. If you do not have an FSA Id, you can go to to request one. You may also choose to print the signature page, sign and mail it to the address provided on the printed form.
  • Outside Scholarship Form
    This form is completed online in June.  You will need your student portal email and password to access the form.  If you do not remember your password, or have not used the system before, click "Forgot Your Password" and it will allow you to set this up.   If you are a current student, please send an email to
  • Final High School Transcripts
    Please contact your high school and request that your final transcript be sent to Cornell College Admission Office.
  • Special Circumstances
    If you feel that you have a special financial circumstance that you would like our office to consider, please review the special circumstance form, which gives clarification of what is considered for special circumstance and further instructions about submitting appropriate documentation.
  • Parent Division of Income and Assets
    If your parents have become separated or divorced since you completed the FAFSA, please complete this form.
  • Dependency Override Form
    If you feel you have circumstances regarding your dependency status that you would like the Financial Assistance Office to consider, please complete this form.
  • Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA)
    You can complete the FAFSA online at You will need to have a FSA Id for the student and parent in order to electronically file the FAFSA. If you do not plan to file a FAFSA, please email our office.
  • Student Work Study Application
    Only deposited students that were awarded work study can access this form.  Students login using their Cornell user name and password.  This online form will be available in June.

Verification Process and  Worksheets

The Department of Education randomly selects students for the verification process.  If your FAFSA was selected for verification, we are required, by federal regulations, to compare the information reported on the FASFA with the information provided on the verification worksheet along with copies of your individual and your parents’ current federal tax information.  We strongly encourage you to  take advantage of the IRS “data retrieval” process available through the federal FAFSA form.  If this is not an option for you, please request your tax transcript.  Instructions for both processes are below.

Your financial aid award is subject to change if verification results in a change to your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). During the verification process the Financial Aid Office will contact you if clarification is needed on any of the data reported on the FAFSA. If corrections to your FAFSA are necessary, the Financial Aid Office will submit them to the Central Processing System. For entering students, an updated award letter showing any changes to a package from Cornell will be posted to your student portal. A financial aid award will not be calculated for a current student with outstanding verification documentation. Students who fail to submit verification documents never become complete, therefore only Cornell merit-based aid is disbursed to your student account. Students who fail to complete verification within 60 days of the beginning of their award year will be forced to stop working work study. A Pell recipient selected for verification must complete the process by September 26, 2017 or 120 days after the last day of the student’s enrollment, whichever is earlier.

If you are classified as a dependent student for FAFSA purposes, please use the appropriate verfication worksheet that is listed in Slate or Self Serve.  Please print and complete this form. You can email the completed form to, fax to 319-895-4106 or it can be mailed to 600 First St SW, Mount Vernon, IA 52314.

If you are classified as an independent student for FAFSA purposes, please use the appropriate verfication worksheet that is listed in Slate or Self Serve. Please print and complete this form. You can email the completed form to, fax to 319-895-4106 or it can be mailed to 600 First St SW, Mount Vernon, IA 52314.

Tax Forms

The Financial Assistance Office suggests that all students utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, built into the FAFSA form.  There are some circumstance where you can not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. In that case, you can request a 2015 Federal Tax Transcript directly from the IRS. Instructions for either process is below.

  • IRS Data Retrieval Tool Process
    The Department of Education would like to encourage applicants and their parents to transfer tax information directly from the IRS website into the FAFSA to ensure that accurate information is provided on the FAFSA. Please click on the IRS Data Retrieval Tool Process link above for instructions on how to complete this. 

  • IRS Tax Transcript Request Process
    If your student's FAFSA has been selected for verification, and you have not utilized the IRS Data Retrieval Tool Process on the FAFSA, then you will be required to provide the Financial Assistance Office with a copy IRS Tax Transcript. Please click on one of the following IRS Tax Transcript Request Process links to obtain your tax transcript.  You may choose the option that you would prefer.

An IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter - provides proof that the IRS has no record of a filed federal tax form for the year you requested. Non Tax filers can request an IRS Verification of Non-filing of their 2015 tax return status, free of charge, from the IRS. You are able to request the letter online, by phone, or by completing and submitting a form. Please click on the link above for instructions for completing this process.