Financial Aid Verification
The purpose of financial aid verification is to verify that certain information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is correct. Most students selected for this process are done so randomly by the U.S. Department of Education.
We encourage students to only submit documentation that is being requested. Submitting documents that are NOT requested by our office may cause a delay or temporary cancellation of your financial aid award.
What to do if you are selected for verification
- Students selected for verification must submit all requested/required documents. This is typically a Verification Worksheet. When filling out any of the required forms, be sure to fill out all sections completely and sign the form. Parent(s) must also sign the form if the student is a dependent.
- In addition to the required form(s), a student or parent(s) may be required to submit an IRS Tax Return Transcript.
- Sometimes the information received conflicts with information on the FAFSA. In these cases, additional documentation may be requested before we are able to complete the verification process.
Obtaining an IRS Tax Return Transcript
- If you and/or your parent(s) filed a federal tax return and have successfully completed the IRS Data Retrieval on the FAFSA, you will not be asked to submit a tax return transcript. If our office is requesting the transcript of you or your parent(s), it is because the IRS Data Retrieval tool was not successfully used on the FAFSA or you were not able to use this tool.
- If we are requesting a tax return transcript, the student or parent(s) may go back to the FAFSA and, if eligible, use the IRS Data Retrieval tool. If this is successfully done, the IRS Tax Transcript request will be removed as a missing document once the new FAFSA has been received.
- Students or parent(s) who cannot or choose not to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and are selected for verification will be required to submit an IRS Tax Return Transcript (not Tax Account Transcript). A Tax Return Transcript can be requested from the IRS website.