Verification is a process to confirm that the information you provide on your FAFSA is accurate. Students are selected at random by system edits at the U.S. Department of Education or the university. This process occurs before or after a student is awarded financial aid. If you are selected for verification, the university will request certain documents from you to verify the information you report on your FAFSA. Submitting the requested documents in a timely manner helps to expedite the typical 7-10 day verification process.
- Requested information can be submitted using the following methods:
- Via mail or in person: Office of Student Financial Aid 105 Gilchrist Hall Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0024
- By fax: (319)273-6950
- By email: FIN_AID@UNI.EDU
- If an independent applicant is married and files separate federal income tax returns or a dependent applicant’s parents are married and file separate federal income tax returns (e.g., married filing separately or head of household).
- If the marital status of the applicant or parent (if the applicant is a dependent student) changes after December 31, 2013.
- If the applicant, spouse or parent files an amended income tax return (See “What if I filed an amended tax return?” below).
- If you file a foreign income tax return instead of or in addition to a US income tax return.
- If you do not have a valid Social Security number and file income tax returns using a Tax ID Number (TIN).
- If the home address listed on the FAFSA does not match the home address listed on the federal income tax return.
- A tax return is the original document (1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, etc.) including schedules and additional supporting forms you or your tax preparer file with the IRS. A tax return transcript is a line-by-line item listing of your tax return as it was originally filed with the IRS. Any schedules or additional forms filed will also be included in the transcript. The tax return transcript can only be obtained directly from the IRS and is used to verify the information submitted on your FAFSA.
- Tax return transcripts can be requested electronically on the IRS website at www.irs.gov
- Click on the "Get Transcripts for My Tax Records" and follow the prompts for immediate online access to your tax transcripts or to order transcripts via mail (5-10 days processing time)
- Families can also download and use the IRS2Go app from your smartphone.