The verification process aims to ensure the effectiveness of the federal student aid programs. A student whose FAFSA is selected for verification will be asked to document that the family reported certain income, tax, and family information correctly.
If a student’s FAFSA is selected for verification, the college(s) will request documentation that the student must submit to the school. The student is encouraged 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 within the FAFSA, 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 copy of the appropriate year federal tax return or tax transcript.