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FAFSA Verification 

Why was I selected for Verification?

The U.S. Department of Education uses random process to verify the information submitted on the FAFSA. You may be asked to fill out a web form and submit various documents to the school in order to authenticate the information submitted on your FAFSA. If you are selected for verification you cannot receive financial aid until the verification is completed.

How to complete Verification

1. Check your FAFSA To-Do list

If you are selected for verification there will be at least one task listed on your FAFSA To-Do list with instructions on how to complete your tasks. The FAFSA To-Do list can be found in your student portal.

2. Complete and submit the requested documentation

You will be asked to create an account on verifymyfafsa.com. This will enable you to fill out the required web forms, and upload the requested documents Processing and review can take 2-3 weeks to be completed.

3. Accept or decline your financial aid award

After verification has been completed your financial award will be updated and offered/re-offered to you through your student portal. Grants will be automatically accepted while Federal loans must be manually accepted by you.

4. Tips to complete verification

Start working on verification early, you will not receive any financial aid until verification is completed. Complete verification at least 2 weeks before tuition is due.

Use the Data Retrieval Tool if you are eligible, as it is the fastest way to obtain the needed tax information

Student Verification Tax Help

Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)

  • Go to fafsa.gov
  • Log in to your account using your FSA ID
  • Select “Make FAFSA Corrections”
  • Create a save key
  • Select the “Financial Information” tab
  • If you indicate that you have already filed your taxes and can answer “no” to the question that follows, a link should appear allowing you to complete the Data Retrieval Tool*
  • Click on this link and answer the questions about your filing status and address
  • If this allows you to load your IRS info, select the transfer box and the “transfer now” button.
  • Select the “sign and submit” tab
  • At the bottom of the page, click “next,” read and agree to the terms and conditions, and then sign and submit the application. (Dependent students also need to have their parent sign). Failure to sign and submit will prevent the Financial Aid Office from receiving your IRS information.

  • *If you cannot answer “no” or get the IRS information to load, then you will need to order an IRS tax return transcript instead.  Note: Tax filers who filed separately cannot use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
  • **You must also indicate this option on the Household Form in VerifyMyFAFSA**

Verification of Non-filing - What if I didn't file taxes?

  • Starting in 2018-19, some non-tax-filers will have to have provide IRS documentation that they did not file taxes for the prior prior year.

  •  A) If you have filed taxes in the past, go to irs.gov and click the “Get Your Tax Record" link.  You can obtain it either online or by mail.  Request the Verification of Non-filing for the appropriate tax year.  Please allow up to 3 weeks for it to arrive.

  • B) If you have never filed taxes before, or are unable to create an online account, obtain a 4506-T form from irs.gov
  • Fill out lines 1-5 when applicable.  If you prefer, you can have it sent directly to our office as a 3rd party by filling out line 5. Our address is Utah State University 1800 Old Main Hill Logan, UT 84322-1800
  • Check box 7 for the Letter of Non-Filing
  • On line 9, enter in the last day of the year you are requesting (i.e. 12/31/2016 for 2016 taxes)
  • Read and check the box that you read the attestation clause
  • Sign, date, and enter your phone number at the bottom
  • Tips:  Don’t white out or cross anything out.  If you made a mistake, initial next to the correction or print off a new form.  Write your legal name, address, and phone number.
  • Utah non-filers should fax or mail their 4506-T to the IRS Fresno Office (855-800-8105). Other offices are found on page 2 of the 4506-T.  If you prefer, you may bring the form to our office and we will fax it for you.  Please allow up to 3 weeks for it to arrive.

What to do if you have amended your income tax returns:

Please contact the financial aid office for instructions if you filed your federal taxes and then had to file a 1040X to amend them.

Parent Verification Tax Help

Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)

  • Go to fafsa.gov
  • Have your student log in to their account using their FSA ID
  • Select “Make FAFSA Corrections”
  • Have your student create a save key
  • Select the “Financial Information” tab
  • If you indicate that you have already filed your taxes and can answer “no” to the question that follows, a link should appear allowing you to complete the Data Retrieval Tool*
  • Click on this link and answer the questions about your filing status and address
  • If this allows you to load your IRS info, select the transfer box and the “transfer now” button.
  • Select the “sign and submit” tab
  • At the bottom of the page, click “next,” read and agree to the terms and conditions, and then sign sign as the parent.  Have your student read and agree to the terms and conditions, and then sign as the student and submit the application. Failure to sign and submit will prevent the Financial Aid Office from receiving your IRS information.

  • *If you cannot answer “no” or get the IRS information to load, then you will need to order an IRS tax return transcript instead.  Note: Tax filers who filed separately cannot use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
  • **Your student must also indicate this option on the Household Form in VerifyMyFAFSA**

Verification of Non-filing - What to do if you didn't file Taxes

  • Starting in 2018-19, parent non-tax-filers will have to have provide IRS documentation that they did not file taxes for the prior prior year.

  •  A) If you have filed taxes in the past, go to irs.gov and click the “Get Your Tax Record" link.  You can obtain it either online or by mail.  Request the Verification of Non-filing for the appropriate tax year.  Please allow up to 3 weeks for it to arrive.

  • B) If you have never filed taxes before, or are unable to create an online account, obtain a 4506-T form from irs.gov
  • Fill out lines 1-5 when applicable.  If you prefer, you can have it sent directly to our office as a 3rd party by filling out line 5. Our address is Utah State University 1800 Old Main Hill Logan, UT 84322-1800
  • Check box 7 for the Letter of Non-Filing
  • On line 9, enter in the last day of the year you are requesting (i.e. 12/31/2016 for 2016 taxes)
  • Read and check the box that you read the attestation clause
  • Sign, date, and enter your phone number at the bottom
  • Tips:  Don’t white out or cross anything out.  If you made a mistake, initial next to the correction or print off a new form.  Write your legal name, address, and phone number.
  • Utah non-filers should fax or mail their 4506-T to the IRS Fresno Office (855-800-8105). Other offices are found on page 2 of the 4506-T.  If you prefer, you may bring the form to our office and we will fax it for you.  Please allow up to 3 weeks for it to arrive.

What to do if you have amended your income tax returns:

Please contact the financial aid office for instructions if you filed your federal taxes and then had to file a 1040X to amend them