Verification is a process used to verify certain information on the FAFSA to ensure its accuracy.
The U.S. Department of Education or the Office of Financial Aid may, at any time, select your application for verification based upon the information you have provided. We are required to make sure that all aid is awarded to students according to federal, state, and institutional regulations. If selected, the verification process must be completed before financial aid can be awarded.
At a minimum, students selected for verification must complete and submit the Verification Worksheet as well as submit official federal IRS tax data. The Verification Worksheet may be obtained from the Forms Web site.
Students have two options for submitting tax data:
- Import using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool
This option is available to both students and parents who have filed federal taxes electronically within 1-2 weeks and 6-8 weeks of filing a paper return. This option is not available those who filed an amended return, whose marital status has recently changed, or married couples who filed separately. See the video to the right for a demonstration.
This option is recommended.
Obtain a Tax Return Transcript
This option should be used if the IRS Data Retrieval Tool is not available or you are otherwise ineligible to use it. For details on obtaining this transcript, see below.
Please visit https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/how-to-get-tax-transcripts-and-copies-of-tax-returns-from-the-irs for directions on how to obtain a IRS tax transcript.
Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool
All students are encouraged to read the Verification Policy . Information on this Web site has been condensed and only provides the highlights of the policy. Adherence to this policy rests with the student.