What is Verification?
Verification is the process through which the information from your FAFSA is checked for accuracy. If there are differences between your FAFSA and the documents you’ve submitted, corrections may need to be made to the FAFSA by our office. Your financial aid process is not finished until verification has been completed.
There are three categories of verification: 1) standard verification 2) high school completion and identity verification 3) aggregate verification. Please refer to the bottom of your financial aid award letter to find out which verification category your application falls under.
The following documents are required in order to complete this verification process:
High School Completion and Identity Verification
This category combines the requirements of both standard verification and high school completion and identity verification.
IRS TAX TRANSCRIPT & NON-FILING VERIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
When selected for Verification, the government will request one of the following Tax Transcripts from you:
REQUESTING AN IRS TAX TRANSCRIPT
There are two ways to satisfy the Federal IRS Tax Transcript requirements:
Please note that electronically filed tax return information will be available through the DRT approximately 10 days after the return has been submitted to the IRS. Paper filed tax returns will be available through the DRT in approximately 6-8 weeks.
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Important Note: The following filing situations will not permit the use of DRT so the IRS tax return transcript will be needed to satisfy the requirement:
REQUESTING A VERIFICATION OF NON-FILING LETTER
To request a Verification of Non-Filing Letter, you must use the paper request process through the form 4506-T found on the IRS website. Complete the entire form, and be sure to do the following:
When you receive the Verification of Non-Filing Letter, please add your student ID number to it and fax (888-889-5784), email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or mail it to our office.