When you submit the FAFSA on the Web, you may be randomly selected by the Federal processor for a process called “verification.” This means the Department of Education requires our office to determine the accuracy of the information provided on your FAFSA on the Web application. If you receive this notification, please complete the following steps in compliance with Federal guidelines.
Helpful information can also be found on the year specific Financial Aid Information Sheets.
The IRS Data Retrieval is a feature of FAFSA on the web, which links your FAFSA with your already filed federal tax information through the IRS. You may update your FAFSA by linking to your federal taxes and pulling your tax data directly from the IRS ‘auto-filling’ the tax portion of your FAFSA. If you do not wish to complete the IRS Data retrieval and are required for verification, you must contact the IRS to request a copy of student and/or parent’s IRS tax return transcript to provide to The Office of Financial Aid. (See below, “Requesting an IRS transcript”.)
See our Financial Aid Information Sheet above.
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.
If you cannot complete Step 1 (above), you must submit either an IRS tax return transcript (See our Financial Aid Info Sheet above for information on how to do this) or a copy of your Federal 1040 (complete and signed with all applicable schedules).
submit an IRS tax return transcript or Federal 1040 (complete and signed with all schedules) if: