Verification is a process required for the university when a student is selected by the U.S. Department of Education.  Students and parents (for dependent students) must complete a verification worksheet, provide signed copies of tax returns and often provide additional information based on the student's situation.  The U.S. Department of Education selects approximately 30% of a school's application for verification.  If a student's application is selected, the university will notify you of the required documents.  To expedite the process, review the Student Aid Report.  If the statement "Your FAFSA has been selected for a review process called verification" is on your Student Aid Report, you have been selected.

Paperwork required for verification is determined by the student's situation.  Verification worksheets can be downloaded from the links below.  To determine which verification worksheet to submit, dependent students are defined by the following:

  • Not over the age of 24
  • Not working on a master's or doctorate
  • Not married
  • Does not have children for whom the student provides more than one-half the support
  • Not an orphan or ward of the court
  • Not a veteran

In lieu of tax returns, IRS Tax Return Transcripts will be required if the tax retrieval process was not used when the FAFSA was completed. Click here here to see the various ways to obtain the document.  All W-2's must be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs as well.

Special Note:  Please make sure all signatures are on all documents given to our office.  We are unable to process your applications if signatures are missing.  Depending on the information submitted on the FAFSA, additional documentation may be required.

 Verification Forms

The 2015-2016 academic year encompasses fall 2015, spring 2016, & summer 2016.  The 2016-2017 academic year includes fall 2016, spring 2017, & summer 2017.


Dependent Verification Worksheet (PDF)2015-2016 2016-2017
Independent Verification Worksheet (PDF)2015-2016 2016-2017
Documentation of Dependents (PDF)2015-2016 2016-2017
Tax and Earning Statement (PDF)2015-2016 2016-2017
Dependent_Household_Resources_Form2015-2016 2016-2017 
Independent_Household_Resources_Form2015-2016 2016-2017