The Verification Process

The U.S. Department of Education requires universities to verify the accuracy of information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This requirement means that a percentage of students that complete the FAFSA are selected for the verification process. 

If you’ve received notification that you were selected for the verification process, you must complete and submit all of the requested documentation in order to receive your financial aid offer. We strongly encourage you to review the information provided below. 

  1. Log in to your Financial Aid Portal.
    • Before you log in, select the desired academic year from the drop-down menu. 
    • Then, select the Access Financial Aid Portal button. You will be prompted to enter your Directory ID and password to access the secure portal.
  2. Review and complete the required verification documents.
    • Navigate to the View and Complete Your Verification and Award Documents page, found within the To-Do section of the portal. 
    • Here you will see a list of the documents you are required to submit. Please read the instructions for completing each document carefully. 
    • It is important that you include your University ID (UID) on all documents you submit. Failing to do so may result in delayed receipt of your financial aid offer.  
    • All documents can be uploaded and submitted through the FinAid Portal. Please only upload requested documents and forms. 
      • Please do not send documents with personal information (such as social security number or date of birth) through email without encryption. 
         

Please complete this process as soon as you are able to do so. Your financial aid offer cannot be released until this process has been completed. 

During the verification process, you or your parent(s)/guardian(s) may be asked to provide federal tax information.

If this is the case, the steps you follow will depend on whether the associated tax return has been filed or not. If federal tax information is required for you to complete the verification process, please carefully read the information provided below:

  • If you have filed the associated tax return, please return to your FAFSA and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to electronically transfer the federal tax information to your FAFSA. 
    • In some cases, you or your parent/guardian may not be eligible to use the DRT. In this instance, please visit the IRS website to request your tax transcript. Once you have received the transcript and written your University ID number on it, you can upload it through the FinAid Portal.
       
  • If you have not filed and are not required to file the associated tax return, please use IRS form 4506-T to request a Verification of Non-Filing Letter for either an independent student (and spouse, if applicable) or a parent/guardian.

 

 

If after reviewing the information provided above, you still have questions about the verification process, please review our Detailed Verification FAQs.