Texas Tech University

Verification

To make sure information reported on the FAFSA is accurate, the federal government requires universities to spot check our students' information.  This means we need additional documents from you and your family.  If your FAFSA was selected, you will see a note on your Student Aid Report and receive an email from the Financial Aid Office. Don't assume you've done anything wrong! You are not alone and we will help you through this process.

Double T DashboardGo to the Double T Dashboard to view student verification requirements and upload documents.  If information is needed from family members, you will need to give them access. Family members can complete their requirements on the Family Dashboard.

It is important for you to take care of your verification requirements as soon as possible.  

Verification Priority Deadline

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

2021-22 2022-23 2023-24

Fall 2021

July 1, 2021

Fall 2022

July 1, 2022

Fall 2023

July 1, 2023

Spring 2022

October 15, 2021

Spring 2023

October 15, 2022

Spring 2024

October 15, 2023

Summer 2022

April 15, 2022

Summer 2023

April 15, 2023

Summer 2024

April 15, 2024

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.

*Consequences of missing the verification deadline*

If the student does not provide the requested verification documentation within the reasonable timeframe that has been established, the institution may not disburse aid prior to the 1st class day.

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

It is the student's responsibility to make sure the Financial Aid Office 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. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What dates should I use for the FAFSA and Income Taxes?

The income taxes you need is based on the academic year to which you are applying for aid.

FAFSA Dates Table

What is the Data Retrieval Tool and how can I use it?

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is available through fafsa.gov and the myStudentAid app for many applicants. The retrieval tool allows FAFSA applicants and parents to transfer their income tax information from the IRS to the FAFSA.

If you update FAFSA with your tax information, please contact Student Financial Aid & Scholarships to let us know. finaid.advisor@ttu.edu or 806-742-3681

Data Retrieval Tool

What forms can I upload to verify my tax information? 

You can verify your tax information in a few ways:

  1. Update the FAFSA using the Data Retrieval Tool. If you update FAFSA with your tax information, please contact Student Financial Aid & Scholarships to let us know. finaid.advisor@ttu.edu or 806-742-3681
  2. Upload a Tax Return Transcript or 1040 U.S. Income Tax Return (Schedules 1, 2, and 3 if applicable.)

How do I obtain a tax return transcript?

You can obtain the tax return transcript by printing off a free copy at irs.gov or requesting a copy by phone or mail.

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 FAFSA with your tax information, please contact Student Financial Aid & Scholarships to let us know. finaid.advisor@ttu.edu or 806-742-3681

Am I required to file a tax return?

Whether someone has claimed you as an exemption or not, check out Publication 17 at irs.gov for tax filing requirements.

I filed an amended tax return. What can I upload to complete Verification?

Please contact Student Financial Aid & Scholarships so we can provide information specific to your situation.

Example of 1040X Amended Return

finaid.advisor@ttu.edu or 806-742-3681

What if my family information has changed?

Please contact Student Financial Aid & Scholarships so we can provide information specific to your situation.

finaid.advisor@ttu.edu or 806-742-3681

My employer didn't send me a W2. What can I do?

You can submit a W2 Wage and Income Transcript (Form 4506T). This transcript will list 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 to the Double T Dashboard.
  • Example of W-2 and Wage and Income Transcript 

Are there different types of Verification?

Verification Group Must Verify this information

V1: Standard Verification

Upload to the Double T Dashboard:

  • 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*:

  • High school completion status or completion of a 2 year program that is acceptable for full credit towards a bachelor's degree
  • 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*:
  • High school completion status or completion of a 2 year program that is acceptable for full credit towards a bachelor's degree
  • identity/statement of educational purpose

Upload to Double T Dashboard:

  • 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.

I am victim of identity theft. What can I upload to complete Verification?

Please contact Student Financial Aid & Scholarships so we can provide information specific to your situation.

finaid.advisor@ttu.edu or 806-742-3681

Verification Resources

Financial Aid Information – 

2122 Tax Return Line Items for Verification  

Office of Student Financial Aid Verification Policy and Procedure.

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

U. S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue,
SW MES, Room 4122 Washington,D.C. 20202-1510
Phone: 202-205-9449