Annually, the US 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
  • 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

IRS Tax Transcripts are required for completion of verification. Click irs_tax_return_transcript_request_process to see the various ways to obtain the document.

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:


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

For instruction on how to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, click here.

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.  All verification documents and forms can be faxed to the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Financial Aid Office at 228.214.5415. Depending on the information submitted on the FAFSA, additional documentation may be required.

For instructions on how to use the secure Eagle File Transfer please visit the following site go to  or download the How to Guide here.

 Verification Forms

The 2017-2018 academic year encompasses fall 2017, spring 2018, & summer 2018.  The 2018-2019 academic year includes fall 2018, spring 2019, & summer 2019.


Dependent Verification Worksheet (PDF)2017-2018  2018-2019 
Independent Verification Worksheet (PDF)2017-20182018-2019 
Documentation of Dependents (PDF)2017-20182018-2019
Tax and Earning Statement (PDF)2017-20182018-2019 

 NOTE: The Verification of Non-Filing Letter from the IRS must be dated AFTER October 1, 2017 for the 2018-19 year.

Verification of Non-filing from the IRSIRS 4506T