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Verification

What is verification?

Verification is a process for confirming the accuracy of the data reported on the FAFSA through the review of supporting documentation. The U.S. Department of Education selects some FAFSAs for verification, while other FAFSAs may be selected for verification by the institution. Students may be selected for verification randomly or because the data provided on the FAFSA was incomplete or inconsistent.

What do I do if my FAFSA is selected for verification?

If your FAFSA is selected for verification, you will be notified on your Student Aid Report (SAR), as well as by our office. We will communicate with you, by mail or UT Dallas email, if additional documentation is needed to complete the verification process. We will send you a list of information needed to complete the verification process. You may also find the list of requested documents by reviewing the To Do List in your Orion Student Center.

How do I submit my documents?

You may submit your documents by email attachment (PDF format preferred) to financial-aid@utdallas.edu. You may fax your documents to 972-883-6803. You may also submit documents to our office in person, by bringing them to the first floor of the Student Services Building during business hours.

What happens after I submit my verification documents?

After we have received all requested documents, we will review the information submitted and compare it with the data you reported on your FAFSA. Continue to monitor your UT Dallas email account after you have submitted documents. This is how we will contact you if additional clarification and/or documentation is needed. As part of the verification process, we may correct information on your FAFSA based on the documentation that you submit.

How long does verification take?

The average processing time for verification is two to three weeks from the date we receive all of the requested documents.

What kind of documentation is required if my FAFSA is selected for verification?

The Department of Education tells us what documents we are required to request and review as part of the verification process. The requested documentation can include tax information, verification worksheets, proof of high school completion, and/or other documents that may be used to confirm the information reported on the FAFSA. 

Tax Information

There are two ways to submit a copy of your tax information to our office for the verification process. The first way to do this is to return to www.fafsa.gov and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to transfer your or your parent’s tax information directly from the IRS.

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is now available on the 2018-2019 FAFSA. Please note, however, that the Data Retrieval Tool will remain unavailable on the 2017-2018 FASFA.

If you are unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and you have been selected for verification, you will need to obtain a Tax Return Transcript from the IRS. This can be done online at www.irs.gov, by calling 800-908-9946, or by completing and submitting IRS Form 4506-T to the IRS by fax or by mail.

Tax Information for Special Cases

Certain tax-filers may be unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or obtain a Tax Return Transcript from the IRS and/or may be required to submit additional or alternate tax documentation for the verification process. Please see the information below for requested verification documentation in these special cases.

Verification Worksheets

We may request verification worksheets from you to verify your/your parent’s household size, the number of household members in college, or to confirm that you or your parent did not and will not file a tax return.  We will send a worksheet containing the requested information to your UT Dallas email address when you are selected for verification. Copies of the verification worksheets can also be found on our forms page.  Be sure to complete the form(s) for the appropriate aid year and to sign the form(s) with handwritten signature(s). We cannot accept typed signatures on verification documents.

What is the deadline for submitting verification documents?

Verification document submissions are accepted throughout the aid year. However, it is in your best interest to submit your documents as soon as possible. We will not offer you financial aid until the verification process has been completed.

Please note that it is possible to be selected for verification after you have been offered financial aid or after financial aid has been applied or disbursed to your account. When this happens you have 30 days to provide the requested documents. We may cancel the financial aid offered or disbursed if the requested materials are not submitted within this time frame. If you are unable to submit your documents by the 30-day deadline, please contact your financial aid counselor to request an extension.