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The Verification Process

Verification is the process established by the Department of Education (ED) to check the accuracy of financial aid applications. Schools are authorized to collect certain documentation, for review, in order to complete this process. If the information submitted conflicts with the information provided on a FAFSA, schools are authorized and obligated to make a correction to the FAFSA before financial aid eligibility can be accurately determined and funds disbursed. In some cases, these adjustments will require a revision to your award. A notice will be emailed promptly to the student if there is an adjustment to the award.

Verification Documentation

If you are selected for verification, you will need to complete the worksheet specific to your verification group for the 2019-20 year. After all of the questions on the form are completed, be sure to provide all required signature(s) and attach requested supporting documents. If additional documentation is needed after reviewing the verification documents you submitted, we will request information on the students’ bannerweb account. It is the responsibility of the student to check this account on a regular basis for outstanding requirements.

As part of the verification process, taxable income for all tax filers from the previous year must be validated. To verify taxable income, you must either:

  1. Select the IRS data retrieval process link through the FAFSA online, or
  2. Request Tax Return transcripts through the IRS:
    • WEBSITE: https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript Request to get your transcript online or by mail.
    • PHONE: Call 1.800.908.9946 to use the automated system. Your information will be mailed to you within 5-10 days.
    • MAIL: Complete a FORM 4506 and mail/fax it to the address/number on the form. Your information will be mailed to you within 5-10 days.

New federal regulations require FAFSA filers who did not file a federal tax return to submit proof of non-filing from the IRS. Please follow the steps listed above to satisfy this requirement by requesting a verification of non-filing letter for 2017. This letter provides proof that the IRS has no record of a filed tax return. It does not indicate whether you were required to file a return for that year. If the IRS requires you to file a tax return based on your earnings and you have not filed, you will need to file your tax return in order to complete the verification process and receive federal financial aid.

If you reported on the FAFSA that parents and/or the student filed an amended Federal Tax Return for 2017, submit your 1040x form along with the amended 1040 form. If you are a victim of IRS identity theft who is not able to obtain a 2017 IRS Tax Return Transcript, or use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, contact the IRS at 1.800.908.4490.

Verification Items

Untaxed income and other items that may be verified include:

  • Child support received in 2017
  • Child support paid in 2017
  • Low family income
  • High school completion status
  • Identity and Statement of Educational Purpose
  • Conflicting information

The verification process can take up to two weeks. It is important to submit all requested documents prior to July 1 or within 14 days of the initial request so that your award can be finalized prior to the start of the term. Once the verification process is complete, your financial aid will appear as a credit on your billing statement.

The deadline to submit verification for 2019-2020 is September 1, 2020 or no later than 120 days after the last date of attendance, whichever is first. Student loans must be originated before your last day of attendance. If verification is not complete by this date, a loan cannot be originated and you will forfeit your right to these funds.

Revised Awards

If changes are made to your award based on the results of verification, you will be notified via email and will be directed to view your new award online through your BannerWeb account. You can check the status of verification anytime through your BannerWeb account under the Eligibility and Requirements tab.

If you are selected for Verification, but do not complete the process, no federal financial aid funds, including loans, will be credited to your student account.