Starting with the 2017-2018 FAFSA application there has been a change to the income and tax information that is reported on the FAFSA. As we transition to this new federal methodology, for one year only both the 2016-2017 AND 2017-2018 FAFSA applications will collect and use 2015 income and tax information.
As a result of this, there may be conflicting or discrepant income and tax information between the two years by FAFSA filers. If this happens, a student's FAFSA will be flagged by the U.S. Department of Education with a Code 399.
The Office of Financial Aid will attempt to resolve all Code 399's before contacting the student. If we are unable to resolve discrepant tax or income, the student will be notified via COSC email. It is urgent that students comply with our request for additional information because there are serious consequences if conflicting income and tax data cannot be resolved. This includes suspension or cancellation of aid, as well as being flagged in the federal system as having a Title IV overpayment.
If you are a student who has received a Code 399, we ask that you carefully read the College's Comment Code 399 Policy and comply with our requests for additional information.