Forms and Resources


Your FAFSA Submission Summary is a summary of the information you reported on the FAFSA, and it can tell you if you’ve been selected for verification. If you see a red exclamation mark on the next steps tab, check to see if it lists being selected for verification.

Students should not send any financial documentation unless requested to do so. Sending in information that is not required could result in unnecessary delays in the disbursement of your financial aid. If you need to make corrections to your FAFSA, you may do so by logging into your application online.

Many students selected for verification are chosen randomly. However, you are more likely to be selected for verification if the data you provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) was inconsistent,  or if your FAFSA contains manually entered information.

If your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) was selected, participation in the verification process is mandatory and must occur before need-based Federal student financial aid will disburse. Students must submit the required documentation to verify the information on the FAFSA.

Please note that during the process of verification, new or additional information may be required in order to clarify inconsistencies. The Financial Aid Office will contact you via email if additional clarification is needed.  It is important to respond to any information requests immediately.

Per regulations, we can accept signed copies of Federal tax returns for verification purposes, except in rare, special circumstances. Therefore, if tax and income data are requested, if you do not have access to your Federal tax returns, you will need to provide an official IRS Tax Return Transcript. A free IRS Tax Return Transcript may be obtained directly from the IRS by online request, by calling 1-800-908-9946, or by completing and mailing Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return, selecting the “Return Transcript” option. Further information about IRS tax return transcripts can be found at

Verification will be completed when all required information is received. Your financial aid will not show as anticipated or be disbursed until all submitted documentation has been verified and the U.S. Department of Education has received and accepted any changes to the original FAFSA data.

The Financial Aid Office will not disburse Federal Title IV or need-based institutional/state aid until the verification process has been completed. Thus, it is very important for students to submit required documentation as soon as possible. For students whose applications are selected for verification, financial aid awards are considered tentative until the required evaluation related to the verification process is completed.


Students selected for verification and awarded an estimated financial aid package must submit all documentation within 21 days and if the information is not received within that time frame a reminder letter is sent.  Students who submit documentation late may not have their financial aid applied by the bill due date and would be personally responsible for payment.

During the verification process, information is compared to the original data on the FAFSA and corrections may be made. These corrections may lower or raise the Student Aid Index (SAI) figure. Financial need is determined by the SAI, therefore a change to the SAI could impact aid eligibility. If the verification process is completed after a student is initially awarded financial aid, changes to the original aid package may occur. We will notify you of any changes to your aid via your email account. In some cases, when financial aid has already been disbursed but the SAI increases after a late verification process, certain forms of aid must be returned to the U.S. Department of Education.

Your financial aid will not show as anticipated on your  bill or be disbursed until you have submitted all requested documents and the information has been verified. In addition, the U.S. Department of Education must receive and accept changes to the original FAFSA information prior to disbursement.

Whether or not you are required to file a Federal income tax return depends on many factors, including your filing status, citizenship, income amount, income sources, age, etc. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may be used to determine whether or not you are required to file. The main IRS website may be used to obtain directions, forms, and answers to frequently asked questions. Further questions should be directed to the IRS or to a qualified tax professional. Students and/or parents whose income falls below the minimum filing threshold for a given tax year should complete the required Verification Worksheet and submit all W-2 forms and/or other statements of income, including a IRS statement of non-filing. If evidence suggests that a student or parent should have filed, but did not, this represents conflicting information which must be resolved.