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Federal Verification

FAFSA filers should receive their Student Aid Report ( SAR) after submitting their FAFSA. You might see a note on your SAR indicating that the federal processor has selected your application for a process called verification. If selected, our office is required to request additional documentation to confirm that the data reported on your FAFSA was filed accurately. Verification ensures the accuracy of data used to establish eligibility for need-based federal student aid.  Your SOLAR To Do List will indicate which documents must be submitted to satisfy the federal verification requirement.  

Required Documentation

Required documentation varies depending on the reason(s) your application was selected and whether or not the Data Retrieval Tool was used when completing your application. To allow time for processing, all requested documentation should be submitted no later than two weeks prior to your last date of attendance for the academic year

Commonly requested items are listed below:

Additional documentation may be requested on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the financial aid office if you have any questions regarding the documents you need to submit.  

IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)

If you did not choose to use the DRT when you initially filed your application, you can make corrections on your FAFSA. 

  1. Visit and select "Correct info".  
  2. In the Financial Information section of the application, select "Link to IRS". 
  3. You will be brought to the IRS website to fill out a brief form, then click on "Transfer my tax information into the FAFSA". Once this process is complete, you will be brought back to the FAFSA application.
  4. Sign your FAFSA using your FSA ID to submit the corrections.

IRS Data Retrieval Tool Guide