Verification

What is Verification?

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 submitting supporting financial documentation to the Student Financial Aid Office.

Who is required to submit this document?

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 form(s). If you have a verification form on your To Do List, your FAFSA has been selected for verification. If you have difficulty printing the form, please contact our office at (502) 852-5511, or visit our office to print the form. The form and any attachments can be submitted by mail, in person or by fax as indicated on the last page of the form. Do not e-mail the form or any attachments.

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 an additional IRS filing extension beyond the automatic six-month extension. If an additional filing extension was granted and you have been selected for verification, please contact our office.

FAFSA Verification Information:

If selected, verification must be completed before your federal financial aid awards are finalized and eligible for disbursement to your student account. If you do not provide the documents requested on time, you may not receive federal student aid, and you may not receive aid from other nonfederal sources. When the verification process is complete, 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).

You may be required to provide a copy of your IRS Tax Return Transcript. Follow the instructions on your verification form to determine if you need to attach a copy of your transcript, and to see which year is needed for the FAFSA you are verifying. 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. IRS Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ are not acceptable for verification of the FAFSA.

The 2019-2020 Verification form will request tax/income information for the 2017 tax year.

The 2018-2019 Verification form will request tax/income information for the 2016 tax year.

Independent students and parents of dependent students may be required to submit a Confirmation/Verification of Non-Filing from the IRS if they did not file and were not required to file a tax return for the tax year requested on your verification form. Please see our website for more information: Confirmation of Non-Filing.

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 FAFSA information reprocessed. This may require you and/or your parent(s) to report asset or other information not originally included on your FAFSA.

FAFSA Verification Deadlines:

You must provide the Student Financial Aid Office with all requested documentation within sixty days of the request. Failure to submit requested documentation within sixty days could result in the discontinuation of all application processing, including student loans.

For federal Pell grant eligibility review only:

2019-2020 Verification must be completed by 9/11/2020, or 120 days after the last date of the student's 2019-2020 academic year enrollment, whichever is earlier.

2018-2019 Verification must be completed by 9/13/2019, or 120 days after the last date of the student's 2018-2019 academic year enrollment, whichever is earlier.