What is Verification?
Verification is a quality-control method used by the U.S. Department of Education
to check the accuracy of the information submitted on the Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA). Most students are randomly selected while others are chosen based
on errors or inconsistencies on the FAFSA. All schools that disburse Title IV funds
are required to participate in the verification process. If selected, the verification process must be completed before financial aid can be awarded.
Selected for Verification?
If you are selected for verification, you are not alone! About 30% of all FAFSA filers
are selected for the verification process. The Department of Education requires schools
to collect documentation to check the accuracy of the FAFSA information. Your and/or
your parent’s income information (Tax Return) and a Verification Worksheet are the
primary set of data we must review.
Please see below for more info:
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) is available! Please be sure to use the tool to transfer tax information directly into your FAFSA!
The 2020-21 FAFSA uses 2018 Tax Info. Using DRT gives you a better opportunity for
submitting less documents in the event you are selected for Verification by the Federal
Government. If you are ineligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or do not choose to use
it, you may also submit to Dillard University a Federal Tax RETURN transcript.
How will I know if I am selected for Verification?
When selected for verification the Federal Government student will provide a comment
on the Student Aid Report (SAR). This is the document that is produced after you
complete the FAFSA. It is important that you review your SAR for accuracy. Additionally,
we will notify you by mail and/or your Dillard University e-mail regarding your verification
status and you will be able to check your file status on myDU. The list of required
documents will be notated. All documents must be submitted to the Office of Financial
Aid & Scholarships before financial aid can be awarded.
What is being Verified?
The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships may be required to verify the following
data elements on your FAFSA:
- Adjusted Gross Income (parent and student, if the student is dependent)
- Taxes Paid (parent and student, if the student is dependent)
- Income Earned from Work (for non-tax filers)
- Certain Untaxed Income Items (parent and student, if the student is dependent)
- Household Size
- Number in College (excluding parents for a dependent student)
- Child Support Paid
- High School Completion, Identity/Statement, IRA, Pension, Education Tax Credits, etc.)
- Any other inconsistent or conflicting information
What documents are needed?
To verify these elements, we may ask for the following documents; however, this is
not a complete list. Specific documents requested will be based on a family's individual
case. Verification Document(s): Please click on Documents & Forms to access the Verification Worksheet and other documents for the appropriate year.
- A Verification Worksheet: (downloadable from this web site – see Documents and Forms tab to the left of this page)
- Federal Tax Return Transcript: The prior year tax information for both parent and
student, if the student is dependent. Beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year the
FAFSA and Verification process will be looking at tax information from two years prior (for example, the 2020-2021 aid year will be based on the 2018 tax year)
- W-2s showing wages (parent and student if the student is dependent) if requested -
- If you will not and are not required to file taxes, you must submit all W-2's to verify
earnings from work.
- Verification of Non-filers from the IRS
- Statement of child support paid
- Verification of Net Worth
- Any other documents related to the student’s specific circumstance regarding the verification
About the Federal Tax Return: There are four options for obtaining a Tax RETURN transcript.
- You can get your free transcripts immediately online.
- You can also get them by phone.
- Call 800-829-0922 and follow the prompts.
- Using the mobile app.
- Download the IRS2Go mobile phone app on your smartphone and follow the instructions.
- You can receive transcripts by mail or by fax (within five to 10 days from the time
IRS receives your request).
- Complete Form 4506T-EZ and follow the instructions
PLEASE NOTE - Federal Tax Returns:
The IRS recently implemented new security features that redact (remove) a significant
amount of personally identifying information from all of their documents. While these
added security features protect your personal information and identity, it makes our
job more difficult. As such, when submitting any documents from the IRS (tax return
transcripts, wage and earnings statements, etc.) to our office, we ask that you list
the student’s full name and student ID in the top right corner of the document. Failure to provide this information will increase processing time
and may prevent us from processing your document entirely. Additionally, when ordering
tax return transcripts, please have them sent to you, NOT Dillard University, so that
you can add the student’s name and ID to the transcript before submitting it to our
There may be other documents that we are requesting (like a Verification Worksheet)
that you will still need to complete and submit. Check myDU to determine if there
are other verification documents that are needed.
Please be sure when sending any verification documents to our office that you include
the student's name and ID. Otherwise, we will not know for whom we are processing
Priority deadline and submission process: April 15th (for currently enrolled students) and June 1st (for new students) is the priority deadline to submit documentation to
ensure documents/files are review and processed prior to the start of the Fall semester.
Documents may be submitted as follows:
Mailed: Dillard University, Financial Aid & Scholarships, Rosenwald Hall Room 126, 2601
Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70122
Scanned and emailed: firstname.lastname@example.org or email directly to your financial aid counselor (see
Meet the Staff listing to the left)
Faxed: (504) 816-5456
What Happens after I Submit ALL Documents?
The Financial Aid Counselor will review the information you reported on the FAFSA
along with the submitted documents for accuracy. This process can take 1-2 weeks
depending on the peak of processing.
- If additional information is needed: Once the documents are reviewed there is a possibility that additional documents
will be needed, if so you will be notified by mail and/or email.
- If corrections are needed: Once all documents are received, if changes are required to the FAFSA data, then
the adjustments will be made and sent back to the Federal Government for reprocessing.
You will be notified that corrections are being made to your Student Aid Report.
It generally takes 3-5 days for the corrected data to made and updated to our system.
Thereafter, your FAFSA will be re-evaluated to confirm all corrections were updated
then your file will be completed and an award will be generated.
- If no corrections are needed: Once your file is reviewed and no corrections are needed, then an award will be
processed. You should review myDU to confirm the status of your award.
Can my file be selected for Verification after I have been awarded?
Yes, this could happen if a new SAR is generated by the Federal Government or if discrepancies
are revealed after you have been awarded. If your FAFSA is selected for verification
after you have been awarded, you have 45 days to complete verification. If the process
is not complete within the 45-day window, your aid must be canceled which may result
in a balance owed to the university.
Important Tips for Completing the Verification Process:
- Complete all requested forms in full: Do not leave any questions blank. All questions must have an answer even if it is a "0".
- Be sure all required signatures have been provided.
- Submitting your FAFSA early and completing verification is required before aid can
- The FAFSA is available beginning October 1st of the prior calendar year. For example,
for the 2020-2021 academic year the FAFSA is available October 1st, 2019.
- During peak processing times, please allow extra time for processing your verification
documents. To expedite your financial aid, file your FAFSA as early as possible and
send all required documents together at one time and include the Student ID on all
- Once verification begins, you may be asked to submit additional documentation. If
this occurs, a letter or an email will be sent to the student.
- All requested documents can be viewed on myDU student account.
- Remember - Priority Deadline: June 1st for New Students and April 15th for currently
enrolled students. Currently enrolled students are required to submit their FAFSA
and submit all required documents before the end of the spring semester. The 2020-2021
award year will require currently enrolled students (excluding graduating seniors)
to have their FAFSA (deadline is March 15th) and verification documents submitted
(deadline is April 15th) which is before the end of the Spring 2020 semester.