If your FAFSA is selected for Verification, the U.S. Department of Education requires your school to verify the information reported on your FAFSA. This process is not an audit of your taxes, but a way for the Department of Education to confirm the accuracy of your FAFSA information based on random selection.
In order to complete the verification process, all 3 steps below must be completed:
Enter your Name, Social Security Number and Date of Birth
Click on Make FAFSA Corrections
Enter the Student's PIN and Password and click Next
Click on the Financial Information tab
Answer the income tax return question and follow the prompts on the screen.
When complete, enter PIN and click "Link to the IRS"
Click OK to temporarily leave the FAFSA website
Once on IRS website, enter required information. Be sure to enter your address EXACTLY as it appears on your tax return (i.e. Street, St, St.). Click Submit
If the IRS is able to validate your information, it should display. Check the box under "Transfer My Tax Information into the FAFSA" and click on Transfer Now
Click OK to return back to the FAFSA website
Make sure these steps are completed for both student & parent (if dependent)
Click Sign and Submit tab
Follow prompts and when complete, click Submit My FAFSA Now
Please Note: If you filed your taxes electronically, allow 2 weeks BEFORE using the IRS Data Retrieval Process. If you filed your taxes by mail, allow 6-8 weeks BEFORE using the IRS Data Retrieval Process