Before you call someone else a dumbass, maybe you should educate yourself a bit. HELLO--the amended tax return only shows the changes that were made to the original return. It DOESN'T include all of the information that wasn't changed on the original return, which is why the financial aid staff is asking you to provide the original. 2+2 =4, but if you only show me 2+1, and your result is still 4, I need to know where the other 1 went. I need to have both the amended and the original return for it all to add up. As for common sense that everybody knows, everybody knows that you're supposed to save your tax return records for at least 3 years, so if your parents threw theirs away, then I guess they didn't have much common sense (a trait that was apparently inherited). However, if you don't have the original return, you can order a copy from the IRS (this is the tax return transcript that the school is asking you for). It will take you about 5 minutes if you do it online at www.irs.gov. The financial aid staff doesn't like verification any more than you do--after all, it's a lot of extra work for us. Unfortunately, verification is a necessary evil because--believe it or not-- there are a lot of people who lie on the FAFSA, and there are an even greater number who make mistakes. More often than not, students get MORE aid because we verify their FAFSA's. I've had several students this week who will be getting about $10,000 more aid because I found errors on their FAFSA's that were preventing them from getting a Pell grant and other types of aid. My life would be a whole lot easier if I could just run the autopackager and you get whatever you get based on all the bogus information you put on the FAFSA because you didn't bother to read the directions. But....I'm willing to stay late every night doing your boring verification because I want to be absolutely sure that you're getting every penny of aid you're entitled to. Nobody says you have to provide verification documents--if you don't like the system, simply don't participate and pay for college yourself. But if you want the taxpayers to foot the bill for your education, then we both have to do our part to make the system work. So, how about if I continue to do my best to see that you are being awarded accurately and fairly, and you provide the documents that will allow me to do that without being such a jerk.