Selected for verification

If the student receives an email about creating an account at and they have already set up an account, scroll to the bottom of the email and choose the option, “Already have an account?” This link will take the student to the login page.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If a parent has more than one student who has been selected for verification, the parent can utilize the same email address for each student but will need to have unique passwords for each student.


Selected for verification FAQ

Why was I selected for verification? expanding section

Verification selection by the Department of Education is done by random sampling. In general, one third of all student aid applicants are selected for verification. The school has the option to select a student for verification if they determine an application requires additional review.

Why should I use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool? expanding section

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is simple to use. It ensures that tax information is accurate if the tax information has been transferred and not changed; it may prevent needing to provide a copy of tax returns or tax return transcripts. To use the IRS DRT, log into the student's FAFSA .Once in the FAFSA, go to the financial information section. If the student or their parents have already completed a tax return, answer the questions appropriately; if the FAFSA determines the student or parents are eligible to use the IRS DRT, select the Link to IRS button.

If the student agrees to be directed to the IRS website, select OK. Once on the IRS website the student or parents will need to provide the information exactly as it appears on the tax return filed.

If the student or parents' information is entered correctly and matches the IRS records, a confirmation screen will appear showing the information that will be transferred into the student's FAFSA. Select agree to have the tax information transferred into the student's FAFSA.

If the student chooses to transfer their information into the FAFSA, the student will be taken back to the FAFSA website to complete the changes to their FAFSA.

Remember, to complete the transfer of the student or their parents' IRS tax return information into the FAFSA, the student and/or parents will need to sign the FAFSA using the appropriate FSA ID.

Why are you requesting copies of my (or my parents or spouse) tax transcripts/W-2s? expanding section

If a spouse or parent(s) of the student whose FAFSA was selected for verification was unable or ineligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on their FAFSA, they are required to provide a copy of their tax return transcripts or a signed copy of their federal tax returns. A copy of a student's/spouse’s/parent W-2 may also be requested because it includes information that is not on tax return transcripts. These documents are requested to ensure that the information reported on the FAFSA is accurate. The Financial Aid Office may also request tax documents if we have reason to believe the income information reported on the FAFSA is inaccurate.

How do I request a tax transcript from the IRS? expanding section

To request tax return transcripts from the IRS, go to A transcript can be requested online or through the mail. If Get Transcript Online is selected, the tax transcript will be displayed on-screen; the transcript may be printed or downloaded and saved as a .pdf. If Get Transcript by Mail is selected, a copy of the tax transcript will arrive in the mail in five to ten calendar days. Please make sure that the request is for a tax return transcript (not account transcript) as they have all fields required for verification.

The student is a victim of IRS Identity Theft; how do they provide their transcripts? expanding section

Victims of identity theft with the IRS who are unable to request a tax return transcript or use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool must call the IRS’s Identity Protection Specialized Unit (IPSU) at 800-908-4490.

Once the IPSU authenticates the tax filer’s identity, they can then request an alternate paper tax return transcript known as Transcript DataBase View (TRDBV) to be mailed to them. Once the TRDBV has been received, the student will upload it into the application.

The student must also provide a signed dated statement indicating that they were a victim of IRS tax-related identity theft and that the IRS has been informed of the tax-related identity theft.

I did not and was not required to file taxes. Why am I being asked for tax documents? expanding section

The request for tax documentation comes from the options selected when completing the tax section(s) of the household web form. If an option was chosen that indicates income was earned from work but taxes were not required to be filed, Verify My FAFSA will request W-2 forms for income earned from work reported on the household web form.

I have completed all of my tasks; what do I do next? expanding section

Once all of the student's tasks have been completed, the student will be presented with a Finish button. Clicking on the Finish button will submit the file for review. Once the Finish button has been clicked, the student will not be able to make any changes.

Why am I not able to complete some of my tasks? expanding section

There are certain tasks/options that require either the Financial Aid Office to upload a document on the student's behalf or require the student to log into their FAFSA and make a correction. If the task requires the student to log into their FAFSA and make a correction, the task will be removed once the correction has been processed and a subsequent record has been received. At that time, the student will be notified to go back into their account and finish the transaction.