The U.S. Department of Education has released updated guidance permitting schools to accept copies of tax returns and written statements of non-filing as acceptable documentation for verification purposes for both the 2020-21 and 2021-22 application cycles.

Verification is the process to confirm the information you reported on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is accurate. The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships will request documentation to support the information you have reported. If your application is selected for verification, the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships will notify you through your To Do List on MyUTPB.

Some of the main reasons your application may have been selected include:

  • You were chosen randomly. At least 30 percent of applications are chosen for verification.
  • Your FAFSA contains estimated information.
  • The data you provided is inconsistent.
  • You made corrections to your application after you were awarded.

If you have been selected for verification, please take the following steps:

  1. Read the information in your To Do List on MyUTPB.
  2. If your To Do List items comment says to submit your information to Inceptia. Follow the information provided on an email sent from them to your email address you provided on the FAFSA.
  3. If your verification To Do List item tells you to provide your information to UTPB, provide all required documents to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Documentation Requirements

You may need to refer to and provide various documents when completing the verification process. Some documents needed when completing this process are tax return transcripts, W-2’s, high school diploma, non-filing letter, etc.

How to Request an IRS Tax Return Transcript

How to Request an IRS Verification of Non-Filing Letter