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Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC)

Through IDOC, institutions contract with the College Board to collect families’ federal tax returns and other documents on their behalf. The College Board notifies students selected by participating institutions that they must submit the required documents. The notification identifies the colleges and programs for which the documents are being collected, as well as the deadline date for submitting the documents to the College Board.

The College Board handles the document collection, imaging, and data capture functions. It transmits to participating institutions data about the documents collected, as well as a subset of data elements from pages 1 and 2 of the tax returns, certain schedules, and W-2s. The College Board makes the images of all documents submitted by the student available for viewing. Institutions may opt to receive the images electronically to permit local management. Institutions pay for the service.

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