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What is FAFSA verification?
The Office of Federal Student Aid requires schools to verify the FAFSA forms of at least 30% of the total number of financial aid applicants. If you’re flagged for FAFSA verification, you’ll be asked to provide documentation that proves the information you submitted is accurate.

If you need to verify your information, a notice will appear on your Student Aid Report, which is a summary of your FAFSA submission. Alternatively, the school you plan to attend might send you a letter in the mail notifying you of the verification process.

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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Sometimes, innocent mistakes happen. You might find out during the verification process that you made an error, such as writing down the wrong number. If that’s the case, you’ll need to fix that mistake before you submit your worksheets and documentation.

The quickest and easiest way to fix your FAFSA is to do so online at FAFSA.gov. However, it’s a good idea to inform your financial aid office the error as well. The representative can advise you on what else you might have to do.

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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?
The Office of Federal Student Aid requires schools to verify the FAFSA forms of at least 30% of the total number of financial aid applicants. If you’re flagged for FAFSA verification, you’ll be asked to provide documentation that proves the information you submitted is accurate.

If you need to verify your information, a notice will appear on your Student Aid Report, which is a summary of your FAFSA submission. Alternatively, the school you plan to attend might send you a letter in the mail notifying you of the verification process.

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 necessary forms
Fill out the necessary 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
Sometimes, innocent mistakes happen. You might find out during the verification process that you made an error, such as writing down the wrong number. If that’s the case, you’ll need to fix that mistake before you submit your worksheets and documentation.

The quickest and easiest way to fix your FAFSA is to do so online at FAFSA.gov. However, it’s a good idea to inform your financial aid office the error as well. The representative can advise you on what else you might have to do.
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Submit your documents on time
Submit your 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.