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 be made to the FAFSA by our office. Your financial aid process is not finished until verification has been completed.
What Must I Do to Complete the Verification Process?
Student Financial Services will notify you by mail or email regarding your verification selection. Please refer to our correspondence to determine which documents we have requested.
The following documents may be required in order to complete the verification process:
August 2018–July 2019
When selected for Verification, SFS may request one of the following documents from you:
REQUESTING AN IRS TAX TRANSCRIPT OR VERIFICATION OF NON-FILING LETTER
The best way to satisfy these requirements is to request them directly from the IRS, and then send them to the SFS office.
When successfully validated, tax filers can expect to receive an IRS Tax Return Transcript or Non-Filing Letter 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.
(Click to enlarge tax transcript examples)
As an alternative to requesting the IRS Tax Transcript, you may use the 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, log in 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.
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: