Verification Information

The process called verification aims to ensure the effectiveness of the federal student aid programs. A student selected for verification will be asked to show that he or she reported certain FAFSA information correctly. Different students are asked to verify different items.

If a student is selected for verification, the college(s) will contact him or her to indicate what documentation the student must submit to the school and by what date. The student should be sure to provide all documentation promptly. It is unlikely that the school will process financial aid for the student until the required documentation is received.

If a student uses the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, he or she will not have to verify that information. If the student does not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and is selected for verification, he or she will have to submit a tax transcript.