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, the verification process requires the University of Louisville Student Financial Aid Office to verify self-reported information from your FAFSA before finalizing your federal aid eligibility. UofL has the authority to request copies of certain financial documents from you and your parent(s) (if dependent) or your spouse (if married).

Verification form status on your ULink To Do List:


Your form has been assigned to you and must be completed before your aid eligibility is finalized.


Additional information is needed: Review other ULink To Do List items and your UofL e-mail. Contact our office for more details at (502) 852-5511, (502) 852-8378, or (502) 852-8376.


Your form has been received by our office and is being reviewed.  Monitor your ULink To Do List and your UofL e-mail for additional information. 

In Progress

Your form is being processed.

Verification is completed when you no longer see the form on your ULink To Do List. You will receive an e-mail after the verification process is completed with more information and next steps.


You may be required to provide a copy of your IRS Tax Return. Follow the instructions on your verification form to determine if you need to attach a copy of your tax return, and to see which year is needed for the FAFSA you are verifying. Tax filers can request a Tax Return 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. 

  • The 2021-2022 Verification form will request tax/income information for the 2019 tax year.
  • The 2020-2021 Verification form will request tax/income information for the 2018 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 FAFSA application and your verified information, the Student Financial Aid Office may send corrections electronically to have your FAFSA reprocessed, which may require you and/or your parent(s) to report asset or other information not previously provided. You will be notified if additional information is needed.

FAFSA Verification Due Dates and Deadlines by Aid Year:

2020-2021 Due Dates

You must complete verification before your federal, state, and/or campus need-based financial aid(1) eligibility can be finalized and evaluated for disbursement to your student account.


  • Verification must be completed by the priority due dates below to ensure your aid eligibility is evaluated prior to the start of the term in which you are enrolled.Your financial aid(1) (if previously offered or disbursed) will be cancelled if your verification form and all required documents are not submitted by this date.
  • Failure to submit the requested documentation by the deadline could result in the discontinuation of all application processing, including federal student loans(3).
  • Please contact our office if you cannot meet the deadlines.


Last Term Enrolled for Aid Year:

Priority Due Date(2):

Final Deadline(3):

Please note:

Fall 2020

July 14, 2020

November 30, 2020

Certain types of aid(1) may not be available if verification is completed after the priority due date.

Spring 2021

November 30, 2020

April 19, 2021

Summer 2021

April 19, 2021

July 26, 2021


(1) Types of aid that may be awarded, cancelled, updated, and/or changed based on completion of the verification process: Federal Pell, SEOG, and TEACH Grants, Federal Direct Loans, Federal Work-Study, state CAP Grant, and UofL Need-Based Grants. The verification process will determine if you are eligible for any of these types of aid.


(2) If you received a specific deadline date by e-mail from our office, you must submit the verification form and required documents by that date or your financial aid(1) will be cancelled.


(3) For Federal Pell Grant eligibility review only: Verification must be completed by 9/10/2021, or 120 days after the last date of the student’s 2020-2021 academic year enrollment, whichever is earlier.