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Federal Aid Verification

Approximately 20% of FAFSAs filed each year are selected for federal verification. Verification is the process in which the U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to confirm that the data reported on your FAFSA is accurate. In addition, the U.S. Department of Education gives colleges the authority to select a student’s FAFSA for verification if the college has reason to believe the reported information may not be accurate.

If you qualify for federal student aid and your FAFSA is selected for verification, this process must be completed before your aid can be finalized.

How do I know if my FAFSA is selected for verification?

There are three ways you can check to see if the Office of Financial Aid requires additional documentation from you to complete verification.

How do I submit confidential documents securely?

To submit documents, use our secure document upload, send them by regular mail, or fax them to 641-269-4077.

What additional information is required?

Step 1: Complete the Verification Statement.

2022-23 Dependent Student Verification Statement

2022-23 Independent Student Verification Statement

Provide handwritten signatures, and enter "0" or "N/A" if not applicable.

These forms may not be fully accessible by people using assistive technology. If you need assistance please email financial aid or call 641-269-3250.

Step 2: Provide verification of income.

Student and/or Parent Tax Filers

Provide the Office of Financial Aid with:

  • A copy of all W-2 forms
  • Tax information from the IRS (three options)
    • Submit a signed copy of your Form 1040.
    • Use the IRS Data Retrieval on your FAFSA.
    • Request a Tax Return Transcript from the IRS and submit it to the Office of Financial Aid (you can request your tax transcript through the IRS’s Get Transcript Service or by calling 1-800-908-9946).

Student and/or Parent Non-Tax Filers

Submit the following to the Office of Financial Aid:

  • a copy of all W-2 forms and 1099 forms
  • non-tax filer statement
  • parents of a dependent student: request confirmation of non-tax filing status from the IRS by checking box 7 on IRS Form 4506-T (PDF), mailing the form to the IRS, and submitting the letter you receive to the Office of Financial Aid
  • independent students only: request confirmation of non-tax filing status from the IRS by checking box 7 on IRS Form 4506-T (PDF), mailing the form to the IRS, and submitting the letter you receive to the Office of Financial Aid

Step 3: Review Required Documents

Periodically review the Documents & Messages tab in the Online Financial Aid Office (login required) for additional items that may be needed.

Why did the school correct my FAFSA?

The College often submits FAFSA corrections to resolve conflicting information. We recommend that you view the Student Aid Report to see what items have been corrected to help you complete the FAFSA accurately in future years. If you have any questions regarding the correction, please contact us. Do not change it back to the previous information.

What if I have questions?

Please contact us if you have any questions. You may also call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FEDAID if you have questions about the FAFSA.

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