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 here here 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.  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