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What is FAFSA verification?
Verification is the process to make sure the info reported on your FAFSA is accurate. About a third of all applications are selected for verification. Your SAR will tell you if you are selected for verification. If you’re selected for FAFSA verification, you’ll be asked to provide documentation that proves the information you submitted is accurate.

If the Student and/or Parent Filed Taxes 
If you filed a tax return, but are unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you will need to request a copy of your Tax Return Transcript from the IRS and submit the transcript to your financial aid office.

If the Student and/or Parent Did Not File Taxes
The federal government now requires U.S. citizens and permanent residents to have the IRS verify if no tax return was filed. If you did not file a tax return, you must request a Verification of Non-Filing Letter from the IRS and submit the non-filing letter to your financial aid office. IRS Form 4506-T can be requested free of charge.

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To prove the information you provided on your FAFSA is accurate, you’ll be asked to submit documentation or signed statements for each point household size, number of family members in college, adjusted gross income (AGI), taxes paid, and untaxed income and benefits.

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Your school will send you FAFSA verification worksheets to complete as part of the process. You need to complete each worksheet and submit it along with any necessary documentation. Double-check each worksheet to ensure you completed it accurately and completely.

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You may find out during the verification process that you made an error, such as writing down the wrong number. You’ll need to fix that mistake before you submitting.

The quickest and easiest way to fix your FAFSA is to do so online at FAFSA.gov or inform your financial aid office.

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Correct any mistakes

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When you receive the FAFSA verification notice, the letter will state when you need to submit your documentation and worksheets. It’s essential that you meet the deadline. If you’re late, you risk losing out on your federal financial aid eligibility.

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4 Steps to Take Now If You're Selected for Verification

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Selected for Verification?

What is FAFSA verification?
Verification is the process to make sure the info reported on your FAFSA is accurate. About a third of all applications are selected for verification. Your SAR will tell you if you are selected for verification. If you’re selected for FAFSA verification, you’ll be asked to provide documentation that proves the information you submitted is accurate.

If the Student and/or Parent Filed Taxes 
If you filed a tax return, but are unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you will need to request a copy of your Tax Return Transcript from the IRS and submit the transcript to your financial aid office.

If the Student and/or Parent Did Not File Taxes
The federal government now requires U.S. citizens and permanent residents to have the IRS verify if no tax return was filed. If you did not file a tax return, you must request a Verification of Non-Filing Letter from the IRS and submit the non-filing letter to your financial aid office. IRS Form 4506-T can be requested free of charge.
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4 Steps to Take Now If You're Selected for Verification

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Gather your documentation
Gather your documentation
To prove the information you provided on your FAFSA is accurate, you’ll be asked to submit documentation or signed statements for each point household size, number of family members in college, adjusted gross income (AGI), taxes paid, and untaxed income and benefits.
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Fill out the forms
Fill out the forms
Your school will send you FAFSA verification worksheets to complete as part of the process. You need to complete each worksheet and submit it along with any necessary documentation. Double-check each worksheet to ensure you completed it accurately and completely.
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Correct any mistakes
Correct any mistakes
You may find out during the verification process that you made an error, such as writing down the wrong number. You’ll need to fix that mistake before you submitting.

The quickest and easiest way to fix your FAFSA is to do so online at FAFSA.gov or inform your financial aid office.
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Turn in the documents on time
Turn in the documents on time
When you receive the FAFSA verification notice, the letter will state when you need to submit your documentation and worksheets. It’s essential that you meet the deadline. If you’re late, you risk losing out on your federal financial aid eligibility.
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