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.
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.
See our academic year specific Financial Aid Information Sheets.
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.
You must submit either a signed and dated Federal Tax Return 1040 with all forms and schedules OR an IRS Tax Return Transcript.
You must submit an IRS tax return transcript or Federal 1040 (complete and signed with all forms and schedules) if: