Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may be selected for review in a process called verification. The law says that before awarding Federal Student Aid, we may ask you to confirm the information you and your parents reported on your FAFSA. To verify that you provided correct information the financial aid office at your school will compare your FAFSA with the information on this worksheet and with any other required documents. If there are differences, your FAFSA information may need to be corrected. You and at least one parent must complete and sign this worksheet, attach any required documents, and submit the form and other required documents to the financial aid administrator at your school. Your school may ask for additional information. If you have questions about verification, contact your financial aid administrator as soon as possible so that your financial aid will not be delayed.
New federal guidelines now stipulate that FAFSA Verification can no longer be completed using paper tax return forms. All documentation must come directly from the IRS in the form of an official tax transcript or by utilizing the IRS electronic Data Retrieval Tool feature now available beginning with the 12/13 FAFSA. This IRS Link transfers the necessary tax information directly to your FAFSA.
In addition to the IRS Transcript or IRS Data Retrieval Tool, below is a list of the documents and actions from you, which may be required by the federal government to complete your FAFSA Verification.
- Provide a SIGNED, completed copy of the 2012-2013 Verification Worksheet. You can obtain this form by clicking here.
- Transfer your parents' federal tax return information using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Don't forget to electronically re-sign and resubmit your FAFSA once your tax information has been successfully transferred by the IRS Link.
- If your parents did not and are not required to file an Income Tax Return, you may be required to submit copies of all your parents' W2 forms.
- Transfer your (and your spouses's) 2011 federal tax return information using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Don't forget to electronically sign and resubmit your FAFSA once your tax information has been successfully transferred.
- If you did not and are not required to file a 2011 Income Tax Return, you may be required to submit copies of all your (and/or your spouse's) 2011 W2 forms.