Verification Process

Verification is the process of confirming that information reported by you and your parents or spouse on the FAFSA is accurate.

If You’re Selected

Each year, approximately 30% of student applicants nationwide are randomly selected by the Federal Central Processing System for verification. The university may also randomly select you.

If you’re selected for verification, we’ll mail you a letter explaining what additional documentation must be provided. Please include your name and University Identification Number on every document submitted to our office.

Verifying Your Tax Information

Information on how to submit your tax information for verification is available in our Directions for 2015 IRS Tax Filer Verification document.

If you were required to file a federal tax return in 2015, use the IRS Data Retrieval tool to transfer this information onto the FAFSA.

Exceptions

You don’t qualify to use this tool if any of the below statements apply to you:

  • You filed your tax return as head of household.
  • You’re married and you filed your tax return as “married filing separately.”
  • Your marital status has changed as of January 1, 2016. 

  • You filed an amended return.
  • You filed using a Tax Identification Number (TIN).
  • You did not file a U.S. federal tax return.

Instead, you must submit a copy of your 2015 Tax Return Transcript to our office with the student's name and University Identification Number printed on each page. If you’re married and didn’t file a “married filing jointly” tax return for 2015, you must also submit a copy of you and your spouse's 2015 Tax Return Transcript.

Amended Tax Return

If you, your accountant, or the IRS amended your tax return in 2015, you must submit a copy of your 2015 tax return transcript requested from the IRS and a copy of your signed amended 2015 1040X tax return filed to the IRS.

Victim of Identity Theft

If you are a tax filer who was a victim of identity theft for the 2015 tax year, please submit all of the following:

  • A statement signed and dated by you indicating that you were a victim of identity theft for the 2015 tax year and that the IRS has been made aware of the tax related identity theft.
  • A copy of the 2015 Tax Return DataBase View (TRDBV) transcript requested and mailed from the IRS after the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit (IPSU) authenticates your identity. To obtain a copy of the TRDBV, tax filers who are victims of identity theft should contact the IPSU by phone at 800-908-4490 or go to the IRS identity theft website

After the IPSU authenticates the tax filer's identify, the tax filer can request the IRS to mail an alternate paper tax return transcript to the tax filer. The alternate transcript is known as the Transcript DataBase View (TRDBV) and will meet the Department of Education’s acceptable documentation requirement. The TRDBV received from the IRS should be submitted to our office.

Once the required documentation is received, we'll compare the documents to the information initially provided on your FASFA. If there are any discrepancies with the information on the FAFSA, we'll make the corrections and you'll receive an updated Student Aid Report. If the documentation provided to us doesn't provide all of the necessary information to complete the verification process, you'll be sent another letter outlining the additional documentation needed. Two to three weeks after the verification process is complete, you'll receive an email indicating that your Financial Aid Award Letter is available for your review. Students who are selected for verification won't receive an Award Letter until the verification process is complete. Please include your name and UIN on every document submitted to our office.

Verifying Your Citizenship Status

If your citizenship status isn’t verified by the Central Processing Service when you initially complete your FAFSA, we’ll ask you to submit documentation to us verifying your citizenship status. Along with submitting the required documentation below to confirm your current citizenship status, you must complete and submit the Citizenship Affidavit form in addition to a copy of your valid government-issued photo ID to verify the citizenship documentation you are providing is a true, exact, and complete copy of the original one issued to you.

If you’re a U.S. citizen born in the U.S., submit one of the following documents:

  • A copy of your birth certificate
  • A copy of your baptismal certificate
  • A copy of your signed voter's registration card
  • A copy of the photo and information page of your signed U.S. passport

If you’re a U.S. citizen born outside the U.S., submit one of the following documents:

  • A copy of your signed certificate of citizenship
  • A copy of the photo and information page of your signed U.S. passport
  • A copy of your signed certificate of naturalization
  • A copy of Form G-845, INS document verification request

If you’re an eligible non-citizen, submit one of the following documents to fulfill the requirement:

  • A copy of your Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551 or I-151)
  • A copy of your passport stamped, "Processed for I-551 ... valid until ___"
  • A copy of your departure record (I-94)
  • Form G-845
  • A copy of your signed U.S. passport stamped "Non-Citizen National"
  • A copy of your passport from the Trust Territory or Northern Mariana Island

Completing the Process

Once the required documentation is received, we’ll compare the documents to the information initially provided on your FASFA. If there are any discrepancies compared to the information on the FAFSA, we’ll make the corrections and you’ll receive an updated Student Aid Report.

If the documentation provided to us doesn’t provide all of the necessary information to complete the verification process, you’ll be sent another letter outlining the additional documentation that’s needed.

Around 2 to 3 weeks after the verification process is complete, you’ll receive an email indicating that your Financial Aid Award Letter is available for your review.