Verification is the process required by the Department of Education to verify the accuracy of the information submitted by or on behalf of a student for the purpose of applying for financial aid. The purpose is to reduce errors in applicant reported data and to insure, to the maximum extent possible, that eligible applicants receive the financial aid they are eligible for.
The process of verification is separate than the requirement to resolve conflicting information. Discrepancies in a student's aid application must be resolved before aid can be disbursed, regardless of existing verification policies.
The process of verification is also separate from the requirement to "document" certain application items. Unconfirmed selective service registration, unconfirmed eligible non-citizen status, and Veteran's Educational Benefits may be "documented" regardless of any existing verification policies.
Refer any instance of suspected fraud or criminal conduct by an applicant to the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Education or to the state or local authorities.
Assistant Inspector General for Investigations
Delays in submitting this completed worksheet, utilizing IRS Data Retrieval and providing IRS Tax Transcripts, Federal income tax forms and/or other requested documents will delay the processing of your aid application and may affect the availability of certain types of aid programs.
**IRS Data Retrieval Process
FAFSA applicants are strongly encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Process to help simplify the verification process.
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The IRS Data Retrieval Process can be used by dependent and independent students and the parents of dependent students who meet the following criteria:
**IRS Transcript REQUIRED
Under certain conditions, an applicant selected for verification will need to submit to the school an IRS Tax Return Transcript of 2011 tax year information for the applicant, his or her spouse, and his or her parents, as applicable.
Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel
Veterans and active duty military personnel are considered automatically independent for federal need analysis purposes.