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Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Verification

In order to check the accuracy of information reported on the FAFSA, the U.S. Department of Education selects aid applicants to undergo the verification process. Applicants can be selected for verification when they initially submit a FAFSA, or when corrections are submitted. Students who are selected for verification will have a message printed on their SAR.

Financial Aid Adjustments

We are required by federal law to collect information from applicants who are selected for verification, and to resolve any discrepancies that may exist between information reported on a FAFSA and information submitted to complete the verification process.

There are cases in which verification increases a student’s eligibility for aid, and other cases in which eligibility is reduced. Financial aid cannot be paid to a student’s account until the verification process is completed.

Required Documents

The Department of Education has developed a customized approach to verification. Items required to verify may vary for each student selected for verification. Students can see what documents are required for verification by selecting “Financial Aid & Scholarships” from the menu on eServices.

Submission Deadline

If selected for verification, all required documents must be received by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships within 30 days of notification or your last date of attendance, whichever is earlier. Failure to do so may forfeit your eligibility to receive financial aid.

Federal Income Tax Return

Federal income tax filers may be required to submit a signed copy of their income tax return that was submitted to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). If the return was filed electronically, the copy provided also requires the signature of the tax filer. Those who do not have a copy of their federal income tax return can obtain an IRS Tax Return Transcript directly from the IRS using one of the methods listed below.

Online Request

Transcript by Mail

Telephone Request

Amended Tax Returns

Tax filers who filed an Amended Tax Return must submit the following documents in lieu of a tax return transcript:

  1. A signed copy of the original tax return that was submitted to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS); and
  2. A signed copy of the IRS Form 1040X that was filed with the IRS or the IRS Record of Account Transcript

Non-IRS (Foreign) Income Information

Tax filers who filed an income tax return with a taxing authority in a U.S. territory (Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands) or commonwealth (Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands) or with a foreign central government, must submit:

  1. A signed copy of the income tax return that was submitted to the tax authority.

AND

  1. Translate in English and in US dollar amounts based on the exchange rate the day the FAFSA was filed and circle the amounts for:
    1. Adjusted Gross Income - This is the total income plus interest and dividend income minus housing allowances and minus contributions to retirement accounts. (Housing allowances and contributions to retirement accounts are reported separately on the FAFSA.)
    2. Income taxes paid
    3. Wages earned

Nontax filers who are residents of the Freely Associated States (Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia), and a U.S. territory or commonwealth or a foreign central government who are not required to file an income tax return  under that taxing authority’s rules must submit:

  1. Copy of their Wage and Tax Statement (or equivalent documentation) for each source of employment income received

AND

  1. A signed statement identifying all of the individual’s income and taxes translated in English and in US dollar amounts based on the exchange rate the day the FAFSA was filed.

IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter

An IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter provides proof that the IRS has no record of a filed Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ for the year requested. Non-tax filers can request an IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter, free of charge, from the IRS in one of two ways:

Online Request (Note: This is typically not available if you have never filed taxes before in prior years. If this is the case, please follow the instructions to use the paper request below).

Paper Request Form - IRS Form 4506-T


Submit a copy of the IRS Verification of Nonfiling letter to the RIT Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at the address listed below; be sure you put your student RIT UID number on the letter.