Federal Verification is a process of review to ensure the accuracy of the data provided in the federal aid application (FAFSA). For dependent students, information to be verified relates to the student and to his/her parent(s). Please note carefully the documentation required to verify this information.
Please check your WIN account for missing financial aid requirements and read carefully the Verification Information and Instructions at Need Based Supplemental Forms, which provides important information about the federal verification process. You must complete and return the Verification Worksheet, if you have not already done so, and all other required documentation to avoid cancellation of your Federal Student Aid.
To complete IRS data retrieval, go to FAFSA, 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. Complete the entire retrieval process through the steps to sign and submit.
If you are unable to complete IRS data retrieval, you may print and submit an official tax transcript from the IRS website IRS Get Transcript.
PLEASE NOTE: If you (the student) filed a tax return and are selected for verifcation, you must request an IRS tax transcript in addition to the transcript requested for your parents. If you did not file a tax return, you must submit the non-tax filer statement.
For Federal Pell Grant eligible students whose application has been selected for verification, verification must be complete by a deadline published annually in the Federal Register (generally no later than 120 days after the last day of enrollment during the academic year). Verification must be completed for campus-based (Perkins, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) and Federal Work Study) and Federal Direct Subsidized Loan eligible students by the last day of enrollment during the academic year. Failure to complete verification will result in cancellation of Federal Student Aid.
If a FAFSA transaction is selected for verification after an award has already been made and/or disbursed and requested verification documents are not provided, any undisbursed award will be canceled. No additional federal funds will be disbursed until verification has been completed.
If verification causes a change in your eligibility for Federal Student Aid funds, you will be notified via e-mail that your award has been modified. You may review your modified financial aid award by accessing your financial aid record through the Wake Information Network.