What is Verification 2016-2017?
Verification is the process used by the institution to check the accuracy of the information a student and/or a student's parents have given when applying for federal financial aid.
Verification has been implemented to reduce error rates in applicant-reported data and to assure, to the maximum extent possible, that eligible recipients receive the correct amount of financial assistance. The Department of Education requires that a portion of the students who apply for financial aid at each school be verified, as selected by the Central Processing System.
Federal policy mandates that we verify certain items on your application before aid may be disbursed. The major items to be verified include:
- adjusted gross income*
- federal income taxes paid*
- number of family members
- number of family members who will attend college at least half time for a term during the aid year
- benefits received from SNAP (commonly known as Food Stamps)
- child support paid
- untaxed IRA distributions & pensions*
- education credits*
- IRS deductions*
- tax exempt interest income*
- income earned from work (for non-filers)
IMPORTANT: SEND ONLY THE DOCUMENTS REQUESTED BY OUR OFFICE. DO NOT SEND COPIES OF THE 2015 FEDERAL TAX RETURN. TAX RETURNS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE DOCUMENTATION FOR VERIFICATION.
If you are requested to submit a 2015 IRS Tax Return Transcript, you have the option:
- If eligible to retrieve and transfer your income tax return data to your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Process through the corrections process using FAFSA on the web,
- If you are unable or choose not to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool in FAFSA on the web, you must submit a 2015 IRS Tax Return Transcript—copies of your filed tax forms are NOT acceptable documentation. You can obtain an IRS Tax Return Transcript by using one of the following three options:
- Online Request available on the IRS Website at http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript.
- Telephone Request available from IRS by calling 1-800-908-9946.
- Paper Request – IRS Form 4506T-EZ
Note: Please note that an award offer cannot be made until certain requirements have been evaluated. An applicant selected for verification or certain other requirements must complete the process by the deadline date set by the Department of Education. This date has been published in the Federal Register for the 2016-2017 financial aid year as September 23, 2017, or 120 days after the last day of the student’s enrollment, whichever is earlier.
If, at any time, you have any questions or concerns about verification or any other aspect of financial aid, we encourage you to contact our office.