Financial Aid Verification

The purpose of verification is to verify that certain information on the 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 being requested by our office may cause a delay or temporary cancellation of yofinancial aid award.

What to do if you are selected for verification

  1. All students selected for verification must submit the 2012-2013 Verification Worksheet. To avoid delays, be sure to fill out all sections completely and sign the form. Parents must also sign the form if the student is dependent.
  2. If required of you or your parent, submit a 2011 IRS Tax Return Transcript.
  3. Sometimes the information received conflicts with information on the FAFSA. In some cases, additional documentation may be requested before we are able to complete the verification process.

Obtaining an IRS Tax Transcript

  • If you and/or your parents filed a 2011 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 parents 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 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 parents who cannot or choose not to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and are selected for verification, will be required to submit an IRS 2011 Tax Return Transcript (not Tax Account Transcript). A Tax Return Transcript can be requested from the IRS website or by calling 1-800-908-9946.