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Annually, the U.S. Department of Education selects 33% of all students applying for federal aid for verification. All students selected will be notified by the University. If selected, students can expedite the process by reviewing the Student Aid Report. If the statement "Your school will ask you to produce certain tax documents" appears under the comment section of your Student Aid Report, you have been selected for verification.

For dependent students, both parent(s) and student must complete a verification worksheet, provide copies of IRS tax transcripts for both parent(s) and student, and all other documentation as requested.

By federal aid definition, dependent students are:

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

IRS Tax Transcripts are required for completion of verification. You can order an IRS Tax Transcript online at or by calling 1.800.908.9946.

You may be eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA in lieu of requesting the transcript. We highly recommend using the tool for several reasons:

  1. It’s the easiest way to provide your tax data.
  2. It’s the best way of ensuring that your FAFSA has accurate tax information.
  3. You won’t need to provide a copy of your or your parents’ tax returns to our office.

View instructions on how to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

Special Note: Please make sure all signatures (student, spouse, and parents) are on all documents given to our office. We are unable to process your applications if signatures are missing. We recommend that you submit all verification documents and forms to the Southern Miss Office of Financial Aid using our secure Eagle File Transfer platform to ensure protection of your sensitive data.

For instructions on how to use the secure Eagle File Transfer, please visit: or download the EFT How To Guide.pdf (PDF).

Verification Forms


 2020 Academic Year

(2019-2020 FAFSA)

2021 Academic Year

(2020-2021 FAFSA)

Dependent Verification Worksheet (PDF)

2019-2020 2020-2021

Independent Verification Worksheet (PDF)

2019-2020 2020-2021

Documentation of Dependents (PDF)

2019-2020 2020-2021



Verification of Nonfiling from the IRS

IRS 4506T  

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