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FAFSA Verification

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.

Verification Categories
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.

Standard Verification
The following documents are required in order to complete this verification process:

High School Completion and Identity Verification

  • The completion of this process will require submission of a final high school transcript or its equivalent, and providing identification documentation in person. Applicants in this category will be contacted with specific guidelines.
  • Other documents requested by Gordon College
    (please refer to your financial aid award letter).

Aggregate Verification
This category combines the requirements of both standard verification and high school completion and identity verification.


When selected for Verification, the government will request one of the following Tax Transcripts from you:

  1. Tax Return Transcript (for those who did file taxes)
    Note: a tax return (1040/1040A/1040EZ) is not acceptable documentation for the Tax Return Transcript Requirement
  2. Verification of Non-Filing Letter (for those who did not file taxes)

There are two ways to satisfy the Federal IRS Tax Transcript requirements:

  1. Use FAFSA’s IRS Data Retrieval tool (DRT)
    The U.S. Department of Education created an enhancement to the FAFSA filing process by allowing students and parents to retrieve tax data directly from the IRS. In order to use this option, login to your FAFSA at (www.fafsa.ed.gov) and click on “LINK TO IRS.” This import process needs to be done by both students and parents if you each filed taxes. The tax information will automatically be entered from the Internal Revenue Service database onto the FAFSA.

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.

DRT Instructions

  1. Request an IRS tax return transcript directly from the IRS and then send to Gordon College
    When successfully validated, tax filers can expect to receive an IRS Tax Return Transcript at the address included in their request, within 5 to 10 days from the time the request was successfully transmitted to the IRS. Click here for Instructions on Requesting an IRS Transcript.

Tax Transcript examples

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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:

  • IRS filing status is "Married Filing Separately".
  • If a parent had a change of marital status after December 31, 2015.
  • If you or your parents filed an amended tax return.

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:

  • Check off box 7 (for "Verification of Nonfiling" Type)
  • In box 9, enter the date "12/31/2015"

When you receive the Verification of Non-Filing Letter, please add your student ID number to it and fax (888-889-5784), email () or mail it to our office.