If you are selected, Federal Verification, as regulated by the Department of Education, is mandatory in order to receive Federal Student Aid. Verification is a completely random selection with one out of three students being chosen each year. Follow the steps below to ensure proper completion.

Verification worksheet

Determine which worksheet you need from your Needs Letter sent to you from the Financial Aid Office. The most common worksheet is #1.

Be sure to review the form and directions carefully ensuring every question is answered in its entirety.

Tax information

Requirements differ based on dependent vs independent status per the Department of Education. If you’re unsure, you can review your status on our FAFSA Resources page. All directions are outlined below.

PLEASE NOTE: The easiest and most preferred option to satisfy the tax requirement is to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool through the student's FAFSA. Please follow the link below for instructions. 

IRS Data Retrieval Tool Instructions

Financial Aid Offices are now allowed to accept signed copies of parent and/or student Federal 1040 forms to complete required Verification. Please note that you may now submit a signed and dated copy of your Federal 1040 Form in lieu of transcripts ordered from the IRS. Please be sure to write the student ID next to your signature.

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Dependent student tax requirements

  • Parent Tax Information
    • Filed? Utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool OR request tax returns
    • Didn't file but earned income?
      • Both parents must submit correct tax year W2s
      • Both parents must submit a Verification of Non-filing Letter
    • Didn't file or earn income?
      • Both parents must submit a Verification of Non-filing Letter
  • Student Tax Information
    • Filed? Utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool OR request tax returns
    • Didn’t file but earned income?
      • Submit correct tax year W2s
    • Didn’t file or earn income?
      • Check appropriate box on your Verification Worksheet

Independent student tax requirements

  • Student Tax Information
    • Filed? Utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool OR request tax returns
    • Didn't file but earned income?
      • Submit correct tax year W2s
      • Submit a Verification of Non-filing Letter
    • Didn't file or earn income?
      • Submit a Verification of Non-filing Letter

Still have verification questions?

Please feel free to reach out to our Financial Aid Office.

Financial Aid Office
finaid@cuaa.edu
734-995-7408