Texas Tech University

Verification

To make sure information reported on the FAFSA is accurate, the Department of Education uses the verification process to ensure information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is accurate. If you are selected, you will see a note on your FAFSA Submission Summary and our office will email you with instructions on how to provide documentation to support the information provided on the FAFSA.
 
 

Verification Process


If selected for verification, you will see a note on your FAFSA Submission Summary saying you've been selected for verification. You will also see the required documents listed on Raiderlink and you can upload them there.


If you were selected for verification, don't assume you did anything wrong. The Department of Education selects FAFSA applicants randomly for verification.


Go to Raiderlink to view your verification requirements and upload documents. If information is needed from family members, they will need to create a Dynamic Form account. Each requirement they need to submit will require you to enter their name and email before you can submit the form to them to complete.


To retain priority for funding and to allow time for accurate processing, all verification documents must be submitted by:

Fall: July 1st
Spring: October 15th
Summer: April 15th

It is the student's responsibility to make sure the Office of Financial Aid receives the documents requested in a timely manner. It is important that you do not make further corrections or changes to your FAFSA while verification is pending and once verification has been completed.

Consequences of Missing the Verification Deadline

Failure to provide the completed requested documentation prior to the established deadline may result in the following:
  • Delay in award package
  • Delay in the disbursement of Title IV aid
  • Ineligibility of Title IV aid
  • Late fees added to your e-bill by Student Business Services
  • Cancelation of classes for non-payment



Verification review process can take up to 4-6 weeks from the time the Student Financial Aid and Scholarships Office receives all requested required documents. Verification paperwork submitted after the deadline is not guaranteed to be completed by the Payment Due Date for each term.

The Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships will electronically submit corrections to FAFSA data resulting from verification to the Central Processing System (CPS). CPS will then send notification of these changes to the applicant as notification of these corrections. The applicant will be notified of offer changes resulting from verification with an updated offer notification to the applicant's TTU Email as well as through Raiderlink.


Verification Group Must Verify this information

V1: Standard Verification

Upload through Raiderlink:

  • Tax filers: AGI, Income Taxes Paid, Untaxed Portions of IRA Distributions, Untaxed Portions of Pensions, IRA Deductions and Payments, Tax-exempt Interest Income, Education Credits
  • Non- tax filers: Income Earned From Work (must attach all W2s for the requested year)

V4: Custom Verification

Bring in person with valid ID*:

  • Identity/statement of educational purpose
*If you are not able to complete in person, the original v4 form with the notary section completed and a copy of a valid ID may be submitted by mail. Images and fax are not accepted.

V5: Aggregate Verification

Bring in person with valid ID*:

  • Identity/statement of educational purpose

Upload through Raiderlink:

  • All Standard Verification requirements.
*If you are not able to complete in person, the original v5 form with notary section completed and a copy of a valid ID may be submitted by mail. Images and fax are not accepted.



The documentation that needs to be submitted will be listed on Raiderlink. All documentation can be submitted online except for the Identity and Statement of Educational Purpose, which requires that you come by the financial aid office with your government-issued ID.

Frequently Asked Questions


The FAFSA used prior-prior year (PPY) meaning two years prior to the academic year you are applying for aid. For example, if you are applying for aid for the 2024-25 academic year, 2022 tax information should be submitted.


The easiest way to get us your tax information is to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool for 2023-24 or agree to allow the IRS to pull in your information using the FA-DDX for 2024-25 and later. You can also request an official tax return transcript from the IRS here.


You can obtain the tax return transcript through your IRS Online Account.

If you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to successfully transfer tax information to the FAFSA, a Tax Return Transcript will not be needed. If you update your FAFSA with your tax information, please contact Student Financial Aid & Scholarships at finaid.advisor@ttu.edu or 806-742-3681 to let us know.




Whether someone has claimed you as an exemption or not, click here to determine if you're required to file a federal tax return.


Please contact Student Financial Aid & Scholarships at finaid.advisor@ttu.edu or 806-742-3681 so we can provide information specific to your situation.


Please contact Student Financial Aid & Scholarships at finaid.advisor@ttu.edu or 806-742-3681 so we can provide information specific to your situation.


You can submit a W2 Wage and Income Transcript that lists any earned income you had for the year.
  • Check box 8: Form W2
  • In section 9, the end of year date is 12/31/xxxx for the year you are requesting.
  • Mail to: IRS RAIVS Team Stop
    6716 AUSC
    Austin, TX 73301
  • Upload the W2 through Raiderlink.

Please contact Student Financial Aid & Scholarships at finaid.advisor@ttu.edu or 806-742-3681 so we can provide information specific to your situation.