Verification Process

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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.

Verification prevents ineligible students from receiving aid by reporting false information and ensures that eligible students receive all of the aid for which they are qualified.  If you are selected for Verification, students will receive an email from the FAU Office of Student Financial Aid detailing the documents needed to start the review, if they filed a tax return. In addition to the Verification Worksheet Form:

  • Dependent Students: Student's and parent's IRS Tax Return Transcript(s) are required.
  • Independent Students: Student's IRS Tax Return Transcript is required.
  • Married Students: Student's and spouse's IRS Tax Return Transcript is required.

The Verification Worksheet form will be attached to the email and students will either have to transfer taxes for both student and parent via the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) on the FAFSA. Students chosen for Verification who cannot use the IRS DRT, should submit an IRS Tax Return Transcript as described 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 returns. 

Download Tax Return Transcript Online

Tax Return Transcripts can be obtained by online download, by mail, by Form 4506-T, or by phone (800) 908-9946. Students, 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 issued by the IRS after 6/15/2014

Financial aid cannot be awarded until students submit the Verification Worksheet and Tax Return Transcripts, and any discrepancies are resolved. This does not include Bright Futures Scholarships.

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 the original documents - - copies of citizenship documents will not be accepted.

 Last Modified 7/17/14