What if I'm selected for Verification?
If your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is selected for verification you will be required to submit the following documents before we can complete the verification process and confirm your award.
1) Institutional Verification Form
Everyone selected for verification must complete the verification form.
2) Tax Filers
Tax filers have two options to provide their 2013 federal tax return information to us. Please choose one of the following options to complete your file.
Option #1 – IRS Data Retrieval Process
The IRS Data Retrieval (IDR) tool is accessed through the FAFSA. If you and/or your parents meet the IDR eligibility requirements, this option will be available 2 to 4 weeks after federal income taxes are submitted to the IRS electronically. It may take 4 to 6 weeks if they are filed by mail.
Transferring IRS data directly from the IRS to the FAFSA through this process will provide the required income confirmation that is required for verification. You may find you and/or your parents do not meet the eligibility requirements to complete the IDR process due to a tax filing status such as ‘Married Filing Separate’ or ‘Single’ but have since married or remarried, etc.
The IDR tool will determine your eligibility at the beginning of the process. If you are not eligible to complete the IDR then you will be required to submit a tax return transcript. See option #2 for details. Parents and students who have already completed the IDR process only need to submit the Institutional Verification Form to complete their file.
Option #2 – Tax Return Transcript
If you cannot use, or choose not to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool, you will need to obtain a Federal Income Tax Return Transcript for 2013 from the IRS and submit it to our office. If you are a dependent student, we will also need a copy of your parent(s) Federal Income Tax Return Transcript(s) (this includes step-parent if your parent is remarried). Please visit the IRS website at www.IRS.gov or contact the Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-908-9946 to obtain a Federal Income Tax Return Transcript. Please submit the Tax Return Transcript(s) with the Institutional Verification Form.
3) Non-Tax Filers
Non-Tax Filers must complete the section titled “Non-filer Information” on the Institutional Verification Form. W-2’s will be required for all income earned.