Selected for Verification? Read this for help!
If you are selected for verification, you are not alone! About 30% of all FAFSA filers are selected for the verification process, which requires the school to collect documentation to check the accuracy of the FAFSA information.
Important Note about Verifying Tax Information
Be sure that you have used the IRS Data Retrieval Tool which allows you to link to the IRS from the FAFSA and retrieve tax information directly from the IRS to populate the FAFSA tax return questions. Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool simplifies the FAFSA filing and may result in quicker processing of your verification. The documents that we can now accept to verify your tax information have changed based on policy changes from the U.S. Department of Education. Either a tax transcript from the IRS or your FAFSA filed using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool are now the only two ways to verify tax data. If you do not, or cannot, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you will be required to obtain a tax transcript from the IRS. If you have filed your taxes with the IRS, you should log into your FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov and make a correction to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to update your tax information. If you do this, you will not be required to submit a tax transcript.
How to Retrieve a Tax Transcript.
To request a tax transcript from the IRS you have 3 options:
- Log into the IRS website to complete an online request. click here to link to IRS Tax Return Transcript Process
- Call 1-800-908-9946
- Visit an IRS office. IRS Office, 161 Court Street, Charleston, WV 25301 or IRS Office, 420 Riffe Street, Sophia, WV or 845 fifth Ave, Huntington WV 25701
Submitting your FAFSA early and completing verification is required before aid can be awarded.
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Complete the necessary forms in this category ONLY if requested to do so. Return completed forms to the Office of Financial Assistance. If selected for verification, you will be required to submit a signed copy of your prior year federal tax transcript. If you are a dependent student, we must have a copy of your parents' (who submitted the FAFSA) federal tax transcript or use IRS DRT in the FAFSA in order to complete the verification process. You may request a tax return transcript from the IRS by calling 1-800-829-1040. Important to note that we need the tax return transcript not the tax account transcript.
Print and complete required forms and return to the Office of Student Financial Aid. Be sure that the forms include all required signatures.
Independent Track Group Forms
Dependent Track Group Forms