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If Selected for Federal Verification

The easiest way for most applicants to verify FAFSA information from federal tax returns is to request IRS data retrieval. Do this by going to, log in to your FAFSA record, select “Make FAFSA Corrections,” and navigate to the “Financial Information” section of the form. From there, follow the instructions to determine if you are eligible to transfer information into your FAFSA. (It takes up to two weeks for IRS income information to be available for the IRS Data Retrieval Tool for electronic IRS tax return filers, and up to eight weeks for paper IRS tax return filers.)

If you are unable to complete IRS data retrieval, you may request a free 2012 IRS tax return transcript at

Prevent Identity Theft

The United States Department of Education and Credit Score provide information about preventing identity theft on their web sites.

Merchant Services and NetCredit also provide helpful information about identity theft.

Complaints Lists provides a comprehensive guide to consumer awareness.

If you believe that you are the victim of a scholarship scam, contact any of the following agencies:

Federal Trade Commission

National Fraud Information Center

Better Business Bureau

U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Remove Your Name from Telemarketing Call Lists

To stop telemarketers from calling you, you may ask individual callers to put you on their “Do Not Call” list. After your request, a federal law requires the company to stop calling you. To stop other companies from telemarketing you, you may enroll in the National “Do Not Call” registry at or call 888-382-1222. (This information has been provided by Sallie Mae.)