What is verification?
Verification is a process that verifies the accuracy of the information reported on a student’s FAFSA. Students may be selected for federal verification by the US Department of Education or institutional verification by the institution. If your FAFSA is selected for verification you are required to provide specific documentation to the school so they may verify the information you provided on your FAFSA. Please note that financial aid awards will not be finalized, disbursed, and/or credited to your student billing account until verification has been complete.
What is needed to complete verification?
- Completed Verification Worksheet
- The Financial Aid Office will notify students via email as to which Verification Worksheet must be completed and submitted.
- Students may log onto their online Student Status Portal, and go to their Checklist Items to view the applicable Verification Worksheet they are required to complete and submit.
- Verification Worksheets are also available online on the Forms page.
- IRS Data Retrieval Tool on your FAFSA or IRS Tax Return Transcripts
Students may use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool in the FAFSA. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is the easiest and fastest way to provide federal tax return information for verification as it retrieves tax information from the IRS and populates it directly onto your FAFSA.
To request tax return transcripts online or by postal mail go to IRS Transcript Request Service. To request by phone, call the automated phone transcript service at 800-908-9946.
PLEASE NOTE: STUDENTS COMPLETING VERIFICATION FOR THE 2021-2022 ACADEMIC YEAR WILL NEED TO VERIFY 2019 TAX INFORMATION.
- Other required documentation may vary for each student.
Where do I submit Verification documents?
All required Verification documents should be submitted electronically by uploading through the online Student Status Portal. The forms can be downloaded, filled out directly, and saved on your device for easy upload to the Portal.