Texas Tech University

Verification

 

Verification Video

 

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.

It is important for you to take care of your verification requirements as soon as possible.  Your financial aid eligibility cannot be finalized until verification is complete. Delays may affect the availability of certain types of aid and your financial aid will not apply to your bill until verification is complete.

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.


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.

Tax Return Transcript

 

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.

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.

Are there different types of Verification?

Verification Group Must Verify this information

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)
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.

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 – 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