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Verification


Verification is the process of confirming the accuracy of information that was reported on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

If you are selected for verification, you and your parents may need to submit additional documentation to ensure that your financial aid eligibility is determined correctly. Our office will notify you by mail or email to let you know what steps you need to complete. You can also access your verification items and instructions through your To Do List on One.IU. Verification must be completed before financial aid eligibility can be reviewed and disbursed to your student account, so submit your documentation as quickly as possible. Once you turn in all requested documents, please allow at least 15 business days for your account to be updated.

Need help with your verification steps? See below for important information on how to complete the most common verification items.


Determining Your Parent on the FAFSA

If you are considered a dependent student on the FAFSA, you will need to provide information about your legal parent(s). In some cases, this could be different than the parent who claims you on your taxes. The Department of Education provides detailed instructions to help you determine which parent(s) to include on the FAFSA. You can also view a flowchart with questions that will help you with this process.



Accessing and Submitting Verification Documents

You (and your parents) may need to submit additional documentation to complete the verification process. Click on the items below for step by step instructions on how to determine what documents are needed and how to obtain and submit them.

How to View your To Do List

 

Your To Do List will show you documents that need to be submitted or steps that need to be
  completed as part of the verification process. This video demonstrates how to access your To Do
  List through One.IU to review your verification items.

 


 

How to Request your Federal Tax Transcript

 

Your tax return transcript shows important details from your federal return. This tutorial will show you how to request a copy of your tax transcript through the online IRS Get Transcript tool.

 


 

How to Access a Verification of Nonfiling Letter Online

 

The verification of nonfiling letter confirms that you did not file a federal income tax return. This tutorial will show you how obtain an electronic copy of the verification letter from the IRS using the online Get Transcript tool.

 


 

 

How to Request a Verification of Nonfiling Letter By Mail

 

The verification of nonfiling letter confirms that you did not file a federal income tax return. There are two ways to request to have a copy of your verification of nonfiling letter mailed to you:

 

    1.   Use your Social Security Number, date of birth, and the mailing address from your latest tax
            return to request to have the letter mailed to you. This request can be made using the
            online IRS Get Transcript tool.

    2.   Mail or fax Form 4506-T to the IRS for processing. When completing this form, make certain
            to check the box next to line 7 to receive the correct nonfiling documentation.

 

Please allow at least 7-10 business days after submitting your request for the documentation to
  arrive by mail from the IRS. For verification purposes, the verification of nonfiling letter as well as
  IRS Forms 13873, 13873-T, or 13873-V are acceptable.

 

How to Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) allows you to import tax information directly from the IRS to your FAFSA. The DRT is a safe and secure way to ensure that the financial information you provide is accurate. This video will show you how to use the DRT on your FAFSA.

 


 

Need to import parent tax information from the IRS to your FAFSA? Click here to access a tutorial.