Verification Frequently Asked Questions

What is verification?

The U.S. Department of Education selects a FAFSA for verification to ensure the information provided is accurate. 

What are some reasons a student is selected for verification?

  • You were selected randomly
  • The data on your FAFSA appears to contradict itself.
  • You provided estimated information on the FAFSA.

Will verification stop me from receiving a financial aid award?

You will not receive an award until the verification process has been successfully completed. Keep in mind that once you submit the necessary requirements, your file will be reviewed and you will be notified of your next step. If additional information is needed or corrections to your FAFSA need to be made by Inceptia, you need to allow time for processing. 

Your classes will not be secured by financial aid if you are still in the verification process. 

What is the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, and why should I use it?

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is an option offered on the FAFSA that allows the transfer of tax information directly from the IRS into the FAFSA. It is recommended to use this secure tool so that the information provided on your FAFSA is accurate.

More information on the IRS DRT can be found on the Federal Student Aid website.

If I am required to submit my tax information, what are my options? 

You have the option to submit either a signed copy of your tax return or you can obtain a tax return transcript from the IRS, free of charge. To request a tax return transcript, please visit

Will my financial aid change due to verification?

If the information provided for verification does not match your FAFSA, corrections will be made on your behalf. These corrections may decrease or increase your EFC, or it may not change at all. Your EFC (Expected Family Contribution) is calculated by the Department of Education and determines what type of aid you qualify for and how much, which is based on your enrollment status. 

Do I still have to complete verification if I did not work or file taxes?

If you are selected for verification, then yes, you must complete the process. Each student has their own specific requirements which are set forth by the Department of Education.