Guide to FAFSA Verification

What is verification?

When a student completes a federal aid application (FAFSA) or makes corrections to his/her FAFSA, the US Department of Education may randomly select the student’s application for a process called “verification”. That means, according to the law, the Financial Aid Office must confirm that the information reported on the FAFSA is accurate. In addition to the files selected by the federal processor, the Financial Aid Office may select a student’s file for the verification process in order to clear up discrepant information.

How do I know if I was selected for verification?

You will receive a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) once your FAFSA has been processed. If you were selected for verification, there will be a message on your SAR stating that you were selected and instructing you to contact the Financial Aid Office. In addition to your SAR, the Financial Aid Office will send you a notification through your Gallaudet issued email with information related to verification and requesting the documents required for you to complete the verification process.

What information is needed, and how do I complete the FAFSA verification process?

Required information for verification may some or all of the following: income tax information from tax transcripts, earnings, household member names and educational status, child support paid, or snap benefits received.  In some cases, you will be asked to provide evidence that you completed high school, or be asked to certify in person your identity and use of aid for educational purposes.

If you are selected, the Financial Aid office will notify you through your Gallaudet email the specific documents you need to submit, and will provide a link to the forms that need to be completed. Because not every student is required to submit the same documents, your notification will describe the verification type (category), and the actions you must take.

Step One Check your Gallaudet issued email. Click the link within the email. Print, complete, and submit the appropriate form(s). A list of verification items and documents appears below. Please note that not all students are required to submit the same documents; your email notification will lead you to the documents that are required for you.

Verification Category and Required Documentation

V1: Dependent Verification Worksheet, OR
      Independent Verification Worksheet

V2: SNAP Benefits Verification

V3: Child Support Paid Verification

V4: Dependent Custom Verification

      Independent Custom Verification

V5: Dependent Aggregate Verification

      Independent Aggregate Verification

V6: Dependent Verification Worksheet, OR
      Independent Verification Worksheet

Step Two

Other documentation may be required in addition to the verification form(s) provided. Some verification categories require verification of income tax. Photocopies of federal tax returns are not acceptable to complete income verification. Income verification can be completed in one of two ways:

IRS Data Retrieval (strongly recommended)

The best way to verify income is by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) that is part of FAFSA on the Web at Once the data has been uploaded to your FAFSA, do not change the data. If you feel there are special circumstances that render the IRS data invalid, please contact the Financial Aid Office for further instructions.

Tax Return Transcript

If you are not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you may request a Tax Return Transcript online at or call 1-800-908-9946. 

I submitted my verification documents. What's next?

Once all of the required documents have been submitted, the Financial Aid Office will review and compare the verification data with the information reported on your FAFSA. If the data is accurate, your financial aid eligibility will be determined, and you will be notified of any financial aid awarded to you. If there are inconsistencies between the verification data you submit and the FAFSA reported data, the Financial Aid Office will make the necessary changes to your FAFSA, and will proceed with any financial aid awarding once your corrected FAFSA results are received. In some cases, it may be necessary to request additional documentation from you in order to clarify information, or request that you make FAFSA corrections that cannot be made by Financial Aid Office staff.

What happens if I do not complete the verification requirements?

If you do not provide the verification documentation, you are not eligible for Federal or state financial aid. No further consideration of your application will be made.


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Washington, DC 20002
(202)651-5740 (fax)

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