Verification is a process to confirm that the information provided on the FAFSA is accurate. Each year, 30% of applicants who fill out the FAFSA are randomly selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education. FAU reserves the right to select students for verification if there is inconsistency or discrepancy in the information submitted. Verification ensures that the information students and parents report is accurate.
The verification process allows the University to verify the information on the FAFSA by comparing it with the documentation that was submitted by the student. If changes are necessary, the University will make the changes based on the documentation received from the student and electronically send these changes to the Department of Education for approval. Once the Department of Education approves these changes, the University will award the student accordingly.
If you are selected for Verification, you will receive an email from the FAU Office of Student Financial Aid detailing the documents needed to start the review. In addition to the Verification Worksheet Form other documentation that may be requested include:
If your Verification requires that you submit tax information and you cannot use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT), or do not have a properly signed and dated copy of your 1040, another option is to submit an IRS Tax Return Transcript that you can obtain using the link below. The student's name and Z number should be printed on the top right hand corner of student's, parent's or spouse's tax return transcripts.
- How to Complete the IRS Data Retrieval Process on the FAFSA
- How to Order Tax Return Transcripts from the IRS
Tax Return Transcripts can be obtained either through www.irs.gov and mailed to your home, or by submitting a 4506-T form to the IRS. Victims of Identity theft must obtain a TAX RETURN DATA BASE VIEW FORM by contacting (800) 908-4490. Students considered independent by FAFSA standards, parents and/or spouses who are not required to file a tax return must provide appropriate income information on the non-filers form provided and must provide a non-filers confirmation letter issued by the IRS after 6/15/2016 for the 2018/2019 academic year and 6/15/2017 for the 2019/2020 academic year.
Completed Verification packets are accepted until September 1, following the aid year. No aid can be awarded until the student submits the Verification Worksheet and Tax Return Transcripts (if applicable), and any discrepancies are resolved. This does not include Bright Futures Scholarships, or any other non-need based institutional or external scholarships, which do not require FAFSA information. Federal, state or institutional funding will be based on:
The date all Verification requirements are received
The enrollment term(s)
The Expected Family Contribution as calculated by FAFSA
Availability of funds
Once Verification has been completed, the student will received an updated Student Aid Report (SAR) noting any changes. If a student is selected for Verification after awarding, aid will be adjusted accordingly and the student will be notified via FAU email address, typically within 4 business days.
Other information may be requested to meet Federal Verification Regulation requirements. Students may also need to provide proof of citizenship. In this case, you will need to bring in ORIGINAL documents. Copies of citizenship documents will not be accepted.
Verification priority deadline: All complete Verification packets received on or before 6/21/2019 will be awarded in time for the 1920 school year to begin. Verification packets received after that date will be processed in order of receipt.
Verification packets should be mailed or hand delivered to any FAU Financial Aid office. We do not accept emailed or faxed documents.
o IRS Tax Return Transcripts or 1040 return properly signed and dated.