What is verification?

Every year, a sample of students are selected for federal verification. The student may see this indicated on the Student Aid Report or via a notification from the Office of Financial Aid. Verification is the process used to confirm the data reported on a student's FAFSA. The Department of Education provides us with the authority to request any documentation to complete verification.

Being selected for verification does not mean the student and/or parent has done something wrong. The student and/or parent must provide the requested documentation by the deadline indicated in the notification. Failure to complete the verification process will result in ineligibility for federal student aid, including grants, loans and work-study. Federal Verification does not impact eligibility for institutional scholarships, state grants and/or outside awards.

Required Documentation

All students selected for verification must provide the following:

1. Verification Worksheet

2018- 2019 Dependent Verification Worksheet       OR       2018-2019 Independent Verification Worksheet

2. Verification of Parent/Student Income & Taxes


IRS Data Retrieval via FAFSA

If the student and/or parent did not use the IRS Data Retrieval to import 2016 Federal Tax Information on the 2018-19 FAFSA, it is highly recommended that the student/parent complete this process. However, we recognize that not everyone has the ability to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool via the FAFSA.

Detailed instructions are available here.

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Federal Tax Return Transcript

In the event that the IRS Data Retrieval is not available to the student/parent, 2016 Federal Tax Information should be provided via a Federal Tax ReturnTranscript (not the Account Transcript) requested directly from the IRS. Follow this link to request a transcript today at IRS- Get Transcript.

If taxes filed separately, provide both parent transcripts (or student and student's spouse transcripts, if applicable.)

 - OR -

Form 4506-T, for non-filers only

For non-tax filers, whether the student or the parent, a confirmation of non-filing MUST be obtained from the IRS. Complete the Form 4506-T, marking box 7, and fax the form to the Federal IRS Office in your state. For NY, this fax number is 855-821-0094.

Please note: Copies of Federal Tax Returns, Form 1040, 1040-A, 1040-EZ, and state returns are not acceptable documentation.

Some students may be required to complete this form at the Office of Financial Aid:

Verification & Billing

Financial aid will not pay to the student's semester bill until the verification documents have been submitted and reviewed by the Office of Financial Aid. As a result, a student may not receive a refund from federal student aid until the process is complete. Credit from financial aid will be removed from the student's account as of October. Unpaid accounts may result in late fees and a hold may be placed on the student's registration until the bill is paid. Therefore, it is imperative that students/families complete the verification process before the deadline in their notice.

The Verification Review

Once all appropriate documentation has been provided, a staff member from the Office of Financial Aid will review the information and make corrections to the FAFSA as necessary. We may also request additional documentation to complete the review. Students will receive an updated financial aid award if changes have been made to their financial aid package.


Documents pertaining to verification should be submitted as soon as possible but no later than September 1, 2018 (February 1, 2019 for new spring admits) in order for  financial aid to remain as anticipated credit on a student's account. The final deadline is 120 days after the last day of enrollment or September 15 of the next academic year, whichever comes first.  Note that federal loans cannot be certified after the student ceases to be enrolled, whether due to withdrawal or the end of the enrollment period.