If you are selected for verification, you are not alone! About 30 percent of all FAFSA applicants are randomly selected for the verification process. Our office is required to collect documentation and compare it to the information you reported on the FAFSA. Basic documents to be submitted are published in the Federal Register by the Department of Education each year. Students are notified by AP email and/or AP OneStop when they are selected for verification, when additional information is needed, if corrections are made by our office, or if any award changes are necessary. Students will be notified approximately 3 weeks after their documents are submitted to our office. You should check your AP OneStop and AP email often to prevent financial aid difficulties or delays.
Our priority deadlines are June 1st for Fall and November 1st for Spring. Processing time may increase during peak periods, such as, July, August and January. All required documentation must be submitted by the priority deadlines for the most efficient processing time.
It is important that you frequently check your AP email and AP OneStop. This is the primary way we will notify you if additional documentation is needed.
IRS tax information must be submitted to our office and can be obtained by one of the following:
1) FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool
2) IRS Transcript
It may take up to two weeks for IRS income information to be available for electronic IRS tax return filers, and up to eight weeks for paper IRS tax return filers.
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool through FAFSA cannot be used if any of the following tax filing statuses apply:
Married, but filed separate 2014 Tax Returns or Parents are unmarried, but living together
Amended Tax Return
Foreign Tax Return
A victim of tax-related identity theft must provide a signed and dated statement indicating the tax filer was a victim of IRS tax-related identity theft and that the IRS has been made aware of the tax-related identity theft.
A copy of the Transcript Database View (TRDBV) alternative transcript is also required. Tax filers may obtain a TRDBV transcript and inform the IRS of the tax-related identity theft by calling the IRS's Identity Protection Specialized Unit (IPSU) at 1-800-908-4490.
Per Federal Law, you have up to 120 days from the last day of your enrollment for the award year or the published deadline (September 2016) to submit documents. If you fail to submit the documentation we requested by the published deadline you forfeit any eligibility you may have for the award year. Student loans cannot be processed after the term or semester ends in which you were enrolled. NOTE: this is for verification paperwork purposes only. All other deadline dates remain the same.