What is Verification?
The process your school uses to confirm that the data reported on your FAFSA is accurate. Your school has the authority to contact you for documentation that supports income and other information that you reported.
What happens if I am selected?
If you’re selected for verification the Louisiana College Financial Aid office will notify you. Please do not assume you’re being accused of doing anything wrong. Some people are selected at random; and some schools verify all students' FAFSAs. All you need to do is provide the documentation the financial aid office asks for—and be sure to do so by the school’s deadline, or you won’t be able to get financial aid.
How do I get selected for verification?
The reasons for being selected include but are not limited to the following:
- Your FAFSA was randomly selected. (Chances of selection increase if you are a potential Pell grant recipient.)
- Your FAFSA includes incomplete information.
- The information on your FAFSA is contradictory.
- The tax information on your FAFSA was estimated or you indicated a will file status for your taxes.
If Louisiana College requests a copy of your tax transcripts, you may obtain your transcripts in one of the following ways:
- Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to update your tax information into the FAFSA directly from the IRS.
- Submit an official IRS tax transcript (www.irs.gov) directly to the Financial Aid Office, this may be obtained by going to www.irs.gov and choosing to have it mailed to you or going to the IRS office that is closest to your address.
If you have any questions concerning financial aid, please email the Louisiana College Financial Aid Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
**IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) - If you have done your taxes before filling out your FAFSA, be sure to consider the option the FAFSA offers you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT). You may be able to use the tool if you filed your taxes electronically at least two weeks ago or if you filed on paper at least eight weeks ago. Here’s how the IRS DRT process works:
- The IRS DRT takes you to the IRS website, where you’ll need to log in by providing your name and other information exactly as you provided it on your tax return.
- At the IRS site, you can preview your information before agreeing to have it transferred to your FAFSA.
- When you return to the FAFSA, you’ll see that questions that are populated with tax information will be marked with “Transferred from the IRS.” Don’t make any changes to those answers (except where Individual Retirement Account or pension rollovers are involved), or you’ll invalidate the information you retrieved.
- If you or your parents are married and you’ve used IRS DRT to transfer information into your FAFSA, you’ll see that a value for Income Earned from Work is transferred.