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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 you are selected for verification, you will be required to submit a verification worksheet and additional documentation. 


Participation in the verification process is not optional. If selected for verification, students must submit the requested documentation. If he/she opts not to submit the required documentation, the student will be ineligible to receive certain federal or institutional need-based financial aid. Students selected for verification will not be packaged for financial aid until our office has received all requested documentation and the verification has been performed by the financial aid counselor. Please allow up to two (2) weeks processing time after submitting verification documents.


Important: Please submit all requested forms and supporting documentation together at the same time. Processing of a student's financial aid award cannot occur until all documentation requested by the University has been received.

Verification Document(s):  Please click on Documents & Forms to access the Verification Worksheet for the appropriate year. 


GREAT NEWS!  Effective January 9, 2019, the Federal Government has provided approval for students and parents to submit a SIGNED copy of your Federal 1040 Tax Return and Statement of Filers/Non-Filers Form.    


2019-2020 FAFSA:  IRS Federal Tax Return Transcript:

If you were selected for verification and you did not, or were not able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) when completing your 2019-2020 FAFSA, then you/your parent(s) must request a copy of the 2017 Federal Tax Return Transcript from the IRS. You can click the hyperlink above to access the IRS website to request the required tax document.  


2018-2019 FAFSA:  You will be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) when completing the 2018-2019 FAFSA. This can make the FAFSA process more efficient. If you do not use the IRS DRT, and your FAFSA is selected for verification, then you will need to submit a copy of student and parents 2016 Federal Tax Return Transcript and W-2s. You must request the Tax Return Transcript directly from the IRS.


Important: Please note that if you are selected for either Custom Verification (V4) or Aggregate Verification (V5), you must contact the Financial Aid Office to obtain a Statement of Education Purpose form to complete.




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