Federal Verification

Verification is a process that all universities receiving federal aid are required to complete.  The purpose of verification is not to find fraudulent FAFSA applicants, but to find and correct common mistakes made during the filing of the FAFSA.  All need-based aid packaging must be put on hold until a student provides the necessary information requested through the verification process.  If the verification process is not completed, a student will not be considered for any need-based financial aid.  It is important to return the information and requested documentation as soon as possible.  Processing usually takes about three weeks, but can take longer in peak processing periods.

A typical student selected for verification will be asked to complete a verification worksheet and submit either a signed copy of tax form 1040, or IRS Tax Return Transcript.  Depending on the situation, however, other forms and requirements may be requested from the student.

Submitting Tax Information

Students and/or Parents (if applicable) must provide either copies of a signed tax form 1040 or IRS Tax Return Transcript to complete the verification process.

Tax return transcripts can be ordered through the link below, or by calling 1-800-908-9946.

Order tax return transcripts online.


All students and/or parents not required to file a Federal Income Tax Return
will be required to submit the following documentation:

  • The Non-Filer Statement
  • Copies of form W-2 for each source of employment income received for the tax year.

In addition to these documents, Independent students, or parents of Dependent students, also need to submit:

  • IRS Verification of Non-Filing (which can be obtained by use of one of the following):
    • Using the IRS's "Get Transcript Online"
    • Completing IRS Form 4506-T and checking box 7, and mailing or faxing it to the IRS

2023-2024 verification forms

2023-2024 Dependent Verification Worksheet*

2023-2024 Independent Verification Worksheet*

2021 Tax Non-Filer Form*

Borrower Disability Worksheet*

2023-2024 High School Credential Worksheet*

2022-2023 verification forms

2022-2023 Dependent Verification Worksheet*

2022-2023 Independent Verification Worksheet*

2020 Tax Non-Filer Form*

Borrower Disability Worksheet*

2022-2023 High School Credential Worksheet*