Verification is the process of documenting the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It requires the completion of a verification form in addition to providing supporting financial documentation to be submitted to the Student Financial Aid Office.
You will be notified by email if you are selected for verification. Please login to ULink frequently to review your To Do List. Select: Student Services, Financial Aid, View My To Do List to view and print your verification forms.
To expedite the verification process, follow the steps necessary for importing your (and your parents, if applicable) tax data into your FAFSA by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool available on FAFSA on the Web. If you filed an IRS income tax return, you must complete the IRS Data Retrieval process or submit a tax return transcript (see next section). If you have not already done so, please complete the IRS Data Retrieval process as soon as you have filed your IRS income tax return. We have had reports that the IRS Data Retrieval Tool is unavailable for FAFSA filing/updating. Please contact our office if you need assistance updating your FAFSA with 2015 tax/income information using your 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ forms.
The verification process cannot begin if you and/or your parent(s) are required to file an IRS income tax return and have not yet filed. The only exception is if you and/or your parent(s) have been granted a filing extension. If an extension was granted and you have been selected for verification, please contact our office.
If you are unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you may be required to provide a copy of your IRS Tax Return Transcript. Tax filers can request a transcript from the IRS free of charge. Follow the instructions on our website if you need to request a tax return transcript, IRS Tax Return Transcript. It will take 5-10 business days for the IRS to send the tax return transcript by mail. Follow the instructions on your verification form to determine if you need to attach a copy of your transcript. Important: The Student Financial Aid Office is not able to accept the tax filer’s copy of an IRS income tax return as proof of federal tax information. In some cases, the tax filer’s copy will be required to verify special circumstances. You will be notified if our office needs this information. Tax filers and non-tax filers may be required to provide copies of other important tax documents, such as W-2 Wage and Tax Statements.
Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year FAFSA verification process for non-tax filers, if your FAFSA is selected for verification and you and/or your parent(s) did not file a 2015 tax return, you may be required to provide a copy of your Confirmation of Non-Filing Letter from the IRS. Non-tax filers can request a Verification of Non-filing letter from the IRS free of charge. Follow the instructions on our website if you need to request a Verification of Non-filing letter, Confirmation of Non-Filing (IRS Verification of Non-Filing Letter). It will take 5-10 business days for the IRS to send the letter by mail. Follow the instructions on your verification form to determine if you need to submit a copy of your Verification of Non-filing letter.
If there are any differences between your application information and your verification documents, the Student Financial Aid Office may send corrections electronically to have your information reprocessed. This may require you and/or your parent(s) to report asset or other information not originally included on your FAFSA.
Verification must be completed before we will process your financial aid request. If you do not provide the documents requested on time, you will not receive federal student aid, and you might not receive aid from other nonfederal sources. When verification is completed, you may receive: 1) a revised Student Aid Report (SAR) reflecting changes made and/or 2) an award notification based on your verified Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
Printing Verification Forms
If you are required to complete verification, please access the form(s) from your ULink To-Do List.
If you have difficulty printing the forms, please contact our office at (502) 852-5511, or visit our office to print the forms.