The FASFA processing center determines who is selected for verification. If selected, the student is notified on the Student Aid Report (SAR) they receive from the processor. The Financial Aid Office also has the authority to select files for verification if there appears to be a conflict of information. If a student's application has been selected for verification by the processor or financial aid, the student will be notified and must submit additional documents. A letter requesting such documents will be mailed to the student.
If you need a copy of your tax return, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. Ask for a 1722 letter or tax transcript. If you need W-2’s ask for a W-2 transcript. This form will be sufficient in lieu of an actual copy of your tax return or W-2’s.
If selected, Federal verification regulations require the following:
- Federal financial aid cannot be disbursed until verification is complete.
- Verification may result in corrections that change your award amounts.
- Direct Student Loans may not be certified until verification is complete.
The Financial Aid Office may require other documentation on a case by case basis for certain data elements, such as child support, proof of separation or divorce, Social Security/SSI benefits, veteran's benefits, or any other items deemed necessary.
Corrections need to be made for information that is not accurate, which could affect your ability to receive aid. The financial aid office will send your application for corrections electronically if the correction is due to verification. All other corrections must be made by the student online. If you are unsure if your information needs to be corrected, please contact Student Services.