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When you submit the FAFSA, you may be randomly selected by the Department of Education for a review process called “verification.” Verification is the process used to confirm that the data reported on your FAFSA is accurate. If you are selected for verification, Concordia’s Financial Aid Office is required by law to obtain information from the student/family that confirms the accuracy of the information reported on the FAFSA.
A student is not eligible to receive federal, state, and/or institutional need-based aid until all required paperwork has been submitted.
The IRS Data Retrieval is a feature of FAFSA which automatically transfers your tax information from the IRS to your FAFSA.
Please note: If the student filed their own tax return, the student and parent must complete the IRS Data Retrieval separately. Please ensure that you have a valid Social Security Number and have already filed taxes for the required tax year.
Click here for instructions on how to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
If you choose not to use the IRS DRT, you must submit either a signed and dated Federal Tax Return (form 1040) OR an IRS Tax Return Transcript.
The following cases require that you submit an IRS Tax Return Transcript or Federal 1040 (complete and signed with all forms and schedules):
Beyond those applications selected for verification, Federal regulations require that our office resolve discrepancies or conflicting information when a FAFSA and/or subsequent paperwork appears incomplete or inaccurate. Concordia’s Financial Aid Office may request additional documentation to resolve any discrepancies or conflicting information.