- A student’s application may be selected for verification by either the FAFSA processing center or the College.
- Corrections to a student’s aid application may result in changes to financial aid eligibility and require a revision to the financial aid award.
Steps To Complete Verification
Offers of financial aid will not be finalized nor will any funds disburse to the student account if verification is required but remains incomplete. Failure to complete verification may result in cancellation of your financial aid offer.
STEP 1: Verify Your Income
The Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) is the fastest and easiest way to verify income tax information.
To use DRT you must log into your 2017-18 FAFSA. In the “Financial Information” section, you will link to the IRS website and import both student and parent(s) income tax information. For complete details about how to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool visit our Verifying Income page.
- If the IRS Data Retrieval Tool is not available when you log into the FAFSA, or you were unable to import parent and student income tax information, review the Verifying Income page for alternative options to complete this step.
- If you are an independent student on the FAFSA, you will only need to complete this process for your own financial information (and your spouse if applicable).
STEP 2 : Complete the Verification Worksheet
Check WebAdvisor to determine the Verification Worksheet you are required to submit.
For Undergraduate Students:
For Graduate and Law Students:
The process begins with you filling out an online questionnaire. The results of the questionnaire will be emailed to the students email to print, sign, and submit to the Financial Aid Office. Note: The Dependent Verification Worksheet must be signed by both the student and a parent who completed the FAFSA.
STEP 3: Submit Documents
You must submit all of the following to the Financial Aid Office:
- The student’s verified income either through the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) process via the FAFSA or through a Tax Return Transcript obtained from the IRS.
- If you are a Dependent student — the parent(s) verified income either through the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) process via the FAFSA or through a Tax Return Transcript obtained from the IRS.
- Your signed Verification Worksheet. All dependent students are required to sign the worksheet along with at least one parent signature.
- NOTE for Non-Tax Filers: If you did not file, and were not required to file taxes, you must submit a Proof of Non-filing Letter from the IRS. You must also submit copies of all your 2015 W-2 Forms. You can find additional details on our Verifying Income page (Option #3).