I'm trying to find out the lawfullness of the actions of a college. My Daughter is attending a local university. She is recieving federal financial aid and the university has decided to verify the information on her request for financial aid. So they have requested my federal tax return with w-2's signed with my autograph. Now, I have nothing to hide, but I find the request irks me and I don't believe they should have any right to an autograghed copy of my tax return.
I have contacted the IRS and they stated that the college may request the information but that they NEVER have seen a request for a signed copy, just a transcript. FAFSA told me that the university may request the information but that I wasn't beholden to divulge the information. They also stated that the university could then deny financial aid to my child if I refused the information in the way the university requests it.
Furthermore, I read somewhere on the net (and I'm kicking myself for not bookmarking the site) that it is a felony for a college or university to deny financial aid when a person refuses to divulge information such as a SS#.
Is there anyone out there who is familiar with this situation? I find myself more and more concerned with intrusions into my constitutional rights, and I'm getting tired of the response "well, it's not exactly legal, so go sue us" Yes I have been told this. There seems to be an assumption that people will roll over to this type of bullying.