Verification is a review process in which the Financial Aid Department determines the accuracy of various data elements reported by the student/parent on the student's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The U.S. Department of Education selects approximately 30 percent of all aid applicants for verification. During the verification process the student and parent will be required to submit documentation to verify information on the financial aid application. The verification process ensures that eligible students receive all the financial aid they are entitled to receive.
Typically, students can expect to receive notification that they have been selected for verification within 14 business days after the Financial Aid Office receives the student's FAFSA results from the federal processors. The Financial Aid Office informs those students who have been selected for verification via e-mail and they can also review their status through their application tracking (Student Portal). The tracking letters will direct the student to submit required documents to their Financial Aid Office and or related departments (such as Admissions/Registration, Testing, Advisement).
Since academic aid years overlap calendar years, please refer to your online account for the year appropriate forms and documentation needed. All documents must be completed in their entirety signed and submitted physically or electronically to the Financial Aid Offices within 30 days of notification. See verification forms.
- The IRS Data Retrieval is a process that allows FAFSA on the Web (FOTW) filers to pull specific tax return data directly from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). It saves time and increases the accuracy of your FAFSA information, while possibly minimizing the amount of documents you would need to submit to complete the verification process. The IRS data retrieval has been available since February 1, 2012.
- Copies of your tax returns are not accepted for the verification process. If you are selected for verification and you did not use the FAFSA-IRS Data Retrieval option or you retrieved IRS data, but, changed it, you will be required to provide an IRS Tax Return Transcript and copies of W2s to the Financial Aid Office. Obtain a Tax Return Transcript from the IRS.
- You can now also print your tax transcripts.