If requested to do so by the Office of Financial Assistance, please print out the appropriate form(s) and mail or fax to:

Buena Vista University
Office of Financial Assistance
610 West 4th Street
Storm Lake, IA 50588
FAX: 712.749.1451

Office of Financial Assistance Forms

Request for Transcript of Tax Return

The student is unable or chooses not to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool in FAFSA on the Web, and the student will submit to the school a 2015 IRS Tax Return Transcript—not a photocopy of the income tax return. IRS Tax Return Transcripts are obtained by either 1) retrieving online, 2) ordering online, or 3) calling 1-800-908-9946 to order. If retrieving or ordering online go to Under the Tools column, click “Get Transcript of Your Tax Records”. Select either "Get Transcript Online" or "Get Transcript by Mail". If you select online, follow the instructions to create an account to retrieve your 2015 Tax Return Transcript. If you order it to be sent by mail, make sure you order the 2015 Tax Return Transcript. You will need your Social Security Number, date of birth, and the address on file with the IRS (normally this will be the address used when the 2015 IRS tax return was filed). It takes up to two weeks for IRS income information to be available for electronic IRS tax return filers, and up to eight weeks for paper IRS tax return filers.

2017 - 2018

Beginning in October 2016 (for aid applications for the 2017-18 award year), the White House is allowing students to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using prior-prior year (PPY) tax data. 

Prior-Prior Year (PPY) refers to a policy enabling students and families to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using tax information from two years ago.  For example, a student planning to enroll in college in Fall 2017 will file FAFSA using taxes from 2015.


If you have unusual medical or dental expenses that were paid in 2016, please send a letter of explanation including the family member affected, the date the condition occurred and the total amount paid out-of-pocket for the condition. The amount must be substantial, as the federal needs analysis formula does provide an allowance for medical expenses.  DO NOT INCLUDE AMOUNTS THAT WILL BE PAID BY INSURANCE OR AMOUNTS NOT YET PAID BY YOU OR THROUGH INSURANCE PAYMENTS. You must include documentation that reflects the amount you paid out-of-pocket in 2016; we will not proceed without this documentation. .

Please send a letter of explanation if a parent’s 2015 income was higher than 2016 due to such things as:

1) Unusual overtime or bonus pay which will/was not received in 2016,

2) More than one job in 2015 but not in 2016 or

3) New employment at a lower pay rate

You must also include a copy of parents’ 2016 tax return as documentation. We will not proceed without this documentation.

2017 - 2018

Verification Worksheets (2017-2018)

2016 - 2017

Verification Worksheets (2016-2017)