The Federal Verification Process

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the federal financial aid form that students complete to apply for all federal student financial aid.

If your FAFSA is selected for verification by the Department of Education, you are required to provide documentation that verifies the information you entered on your FAFSA. Reasons for being selected for verification include: your FAFSA contains estimated information or inconsistencies, was incomplete, or was selected at random.

Required Documentation

Required documentation varies depending on the information we're required to verify. If your FAFSA is selected, you and your parent(s) must complete a specific Verification Worksheet.

Check the "documents" tab on NetPartner to determine which verification form is required of you. If your FAFSA is selected for verification,  complete the verification requirements as soon as possible so your federal financial aid can be finalized.

Income Documentation

You and your parent(s) must provide documentation regarding income and tax filing status. 

If you or your parents filed 2015 federal tax return, you must submit a signed copy of your 2015 federal tax return to our office.

Non tax-filers must complete a non-filer statement indicating that they did not, and were not required to file a 2015 federal tax return.

IRS Tax Transcript Request Process

The IRS webpage Transcript Types and Ways to Order Them provides an overview of IRS transcript options and how to obtain them. 

Tax filers-
A signed copy of the 2015 federal tax return satisfies this requirement. Those tax filers selected for verification but unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool may request a Tax Return Transcript (NOT an Account Transcript) of their 2015 tax return from the IRS.

1. Request one on-line from the IRS
2. Call the IRS at 1-800-908-9946 and follow the prompts 
3. Complete and file IRS Form 4506-T or IRS Form 4506T-EZ

Non-tax filers-
A signed non filing statement satisfies this requirement.  Those non-tax filers selected for verification mayrequest a Verification of Non-filing Letter:

1. Request one on-line from the IRS 
2. Complete and file IRS Form 4506-T and check box #7.

The Verification of Non-filing Letter provides proof that the IRS has no record of a filed Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ for the year you requested (2015).

An IRS Tax Return Transcript may be requested within 2-3 weeks after the return has been accepted by the IRS. The IRS Tax Return Transcript may take up to 8 weeks to be available for those who file paper tax returns. 

IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)

DRT is currently unavailable for the 2017-18 school year. Here is the latest release from the Department of Education.

Identity Theft Information- 
If you have been a victim of identity theft, you cannot obtain an IRS Tax Return Transcript until the issue has been resolved by the IRS. Since resolution can take a significant amount of time, please provide a copy of the Transcript Database View (TRDBV) tax transcript to our office. You may obtain a copy of the TRDBV from the IRS by calling 1-800-908-4490.

Your Financial Aid Package after Verification-
We are required to resolve any conflicting information discovered during the federal verification process. As a result, the amount and type of your financial aid may change after the verification process is completed. You will be notified to check NetPartner (awards tab) if there is any revision to your award. 

This page was last updated on April 28, 2017.