Verification of Income

To obtain verification of income from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), you will need to either use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) or submit a Tax Return Transcript to our office. A Tax Return Transcript must be obtained from the IRS and is different than the federal 1040 tax return you submit to the IRS.

We have found the easiest way to obtain the IRS tax information is for you to update your FAFSA by using the IRS DRT. The FAFSA IRS DRT cannot be used if the tax return filer is married and filed their tax return as either head of household or married filing separately.

You can receive an estimated financial aid award notification without submitting the required information; however, your financial aid award will not be finalized and funds will not disburse until the verification review is completed.

You must have your verification review completed at least 30 days prior to the end of the session or academic year/period in which you are enrolled. This allows sufficient time for the Office of Student Financial Aid to process and disburse the financial aid within the timeframe permitted under Title IV regulations and University policy. The deadline for you to submit verification documentation may be extended up to your last day of enrollment during the academic year/period on a case-by-case basis and is processed to the extent that is administratively possible. 

Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA

Call the FAFSA hotline at 800-433-3243 if you need assistance using the FAFSA IRS DRT.

View the U.S. Department of Education's procedures or follow the instructions below:

  1. On the fafsa.gov web page, click on the Log In button in the Returning User? section.
  2. After logging onto the appropriate year FAFSA, select the Make FAFSA Corrections link located in the midsection of the screen.
  3. Once you are in the FAFSA corrections area, select the Financial Information tab at the top of the screen.
  4. Answer the questions presented. They will be prefilled with answers, so change them if necessary.
  5. If you eligible to use the FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you will be presented with a Link to the IRS button. If you are not eligible to use the DRT, follow the instructions below on how to obtain a Tax Return Transcript.
  6. Once you complete the IRS information, it will bring you back to your FAFSA.
  7. Scroll to the bottom of the FAFSA screen, click next, and follow the directions.
  8. Make sure you submit the corrections and sign your FAFSA using your FSA ID.
  9. You will know that your federal tax return information has been successfully transferred if Transferred from the IRS displays in place of the IRS information in your FAFSA.
  10. After you have completed the FAFSA IRS data retrieval, the Office of Student Financial Aid will receive a new FAFSA record in approximately one week.

Obtaining a Tax Return Transcript

If you are applying for financial aid for the 2019-2020 academic year, you will need to obtain a 2017 Tax Return Transcript. There are several ways to obtain the Tax Return Transcript:

  • Visit the IRS website:
    • Click on the Get Transcript Online button to immediately view, print, or download your Tax Return Transcript. 
    • Click on the Get Transcript by Mail button to request that the IRS mail your Tax Return Transcript to you. It will take five to ten business days for you to receive the tax return transcript(s) from the IRS.
  • Call the IRS automated phone transcript service at 1-800-908-9946

If you have any problems obtaining your tax return transcript from the IRS website, view their Get Transcript FAQ web page for additional instructions or call the IRS at 800-829-1040 from 7:00am-7:00pm, Monday through Friday.

After you receive the tax return transcript(s), write the student's name and University ID number in the top right corner and submit it to the Office of Student Financial Aid as soon as possible.

Obtaining a Verification of Non-Filing Letter

If your parent(s) did not and will not file a federal tax return, a Verification of Non-Filing Letter must be obtained from the IRS for each non-filer. If both parents did not and will not file a federal tax return, two Verification of Non-Filing Letters must be obtained. For the 2019-2020 academic year, the Verification of Non-Filing Letter must be for the calendar year of 2017.

The Verification of Non-Filing Letter can be obtained from the IRS website using the IRS Get Transcript service. If you cannot obtain on online, you can request one by completing the IRS Form 4506-T and faxing/mailing it to the IRS.

If you have any problems obtaining your Verification of Non-Filing Letter, call the IRS at 800-829-1040, from 7:00am-7:00pm, Monday through Friday.