A number of financial aid applicants are selected by the U.S. Department of Education for a process called verification. This means that you will be required to provide additional documents to complete your financial aid file. Examples of required documents include the IRS tax transcripts of the student's 2014 federal income tax return and the parents' 2014 federal income tax return if parental data was required on the FAFSA, verification of household size, and child support paid. Signed copies of the federal income tax returns are no longer acceptable documentation. If you used the IRS Data Retrieval function when completing your FAFSA and did not change any of the data provided, you will not be required to submit IRS tax transcripts.
If you are not able to link your FAFSA to the IRS or you choose not to link, you will have have to supply a tax transcript along with your verification forms. A tax transcript is NOT your tax return. A tax transcript is a document that you receive directly from the IRS. You can request one by visiting the IRS website. http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Order-a-Transcript
You may also contact your local IRS office directly. This link provides a list of offices that provide in person taxpayer assistance: http://www.irs.gov/localcontacts/index.html.
The Office of Financial Aid will notify you by mail of any required outstanding documents. You can also see a list of the outstanding items in the verification letter that is sent to you. Prompt response to our requests will expedite the awarding process. No financial aid awards can be made until these documents are received and reviewed.
Verification Policy and Procedures Guide
Low Income Verification Worksheet
Proof of Identity and Educational Purpose (Second document is for students who cannot come into the Office of Financial Aid)
High School Completion Status -- If you are required to provide proof of high school completion, please provide one of the following items to the Office of Financial Aid
- A copy of the student's high school diploma
- A copy of the student's final high school transcript that shows the date when the diploma was awarded
- A copy of the student's General Educational Development (GED) certificate or GED transcript
- An academic transcript that indicates the student successfully completed at least a two year program that is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor's degree
- If state law requires a homeschooled student to obtain a secondary school completion credential for homeschool (other than a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent), a copy of that credential
- If state law does not require a homeschooled student to obtain a secondary school completion credential for homeschool (other than a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent), a transcript or the equivalent, signed by the student's parent or guardian, that lists the secondary school courses the student completed and documents the successful completion of a secondary school education in a homeschool setting.