The Verification Process
Approximately 30% of all FAFSAs are selected by the US Department of Education for a process called "verification." If selected, the Financial Aid Office will be required to verify some of the information contained in your application before any financial aid can be awarded. This process is mandatory and it is suggested that you respond as soon as possible.
Failure to provide the Financial Aid Office with the requested documents will prevent you from receiving federal aid. You will be responsible for all tuition and charges due to the College.
Being selected for verification does not mean you have done anything wrong. Some of the reasons that could cause you to be selected are:
If you are selected for verification, you will be required to provide certain documents as soon as possible. The Financial Aid Office will provide you with a list of required documents needed for verification. Documents could include, but are not limited to:
When submitting verification documents to our office, be sure that they are signed and no answers are left blank. It is recommended that you submit copies of any original documents.
Verifying federal tax information is an important part of the verification process. Federal guidelines no longer allows us to accept copies of tax returns. Currently, there are two options available, an IRS Tax Transcript and the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
IRS Data Retrieval Tool
We highly recommend you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool option on the FAFSA if you are eligible. This is the fastest way to complete the verification of your tax information. Click here for instructions or watch the IRS Data Retrieval Tool video above. If you did not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when you originally filed your FAFSA, we encourage you to go back into your FAFSA and do so now. The tax information will be transmitted to the Financial Aid office within two business days.
IRS Tax Return Transcript
An IRS Tax Transcript must be requested directly from the IRS. They are typically available three weeks after a tax return is filed. There are five ways to obtain a copy of your transcript from the IRS, but there could be significant delays so please plan ahead.
Be sure to request a Tax Return Transcript NOT an Account Transcript. The wrong transcript will further delay the verification process.
You will be asked to verify this on the Verification Worksheet. Under some circumstances you may be asked to file Form 4506T with the IRS. The Financial Aid Office will advise you when additional documentation is required.