Additional Documentation

Verification

Verification is a process in which the university makes sure information reported on the FAFSA is accurate. Not everyone is selected for verification, and not everyone has to verify the same items. Our office will submit changes to your FAFSA if required. The verification process can take approximately 3-6 weeks to complete.

The following types of documentation are requested via email and reflected in your PAWS To Do List.

  • Forms can be found under the Resources tab, here.
    • Complete, print, and submit required documents via mail, fax, or in-person. Do not email forms that include social security numbers.
  • Tax information that needs to be verified must come from the IRS. Personal copies of tax returns are not acceptable.
    • Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) if you can.
      • To transfer data from federal returns to the FAFSA, log into your FAFSA approximately 2 weeks after electronically filing your taxes. Watch this short video to learn how to use the IRS DRT.
    • If you are unable to use the DRT, request a Tax Return Transcript from the IRS.
    • If these options do not work, follow additional instructions on your verification worksheet.
    • If you aren’t required to file a tax return, indicate that on the worksheet. You will need to submit an IRS Verification of Non-filing letter which must be obtained directly from the IRS by completing form 4506-T.  In addition, you will need to submit W2’s if you had any employment.
  • We may need to verify additional information. If so, you will be able to view any details by selecting each item in your PAWS To Do List. Examples of additional information we may need to verify include:
    • Citizenship
    • Selective Service Registration
    • Bankruptcy
    • Loan Default
    • Loan Discharge
    • Veteran Status
    • Social Security Number/Name/Date of Birth Discrepancies

There are strict deadlines, so the verification process must be completed in a timely manner.  Failure to complete verification requirements will prevent you from receiving a financial aid award.

For a Pell Grant, verification materials must be submitted no later than 120 days after the last day of attendance, or by September 25, whichever is earlier.

For all other programs, verification materials must be submitted and aid eligibility determined no later than the last date of attendance. A loan cannot be offered to you within 2 days of your last date of attendance.

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