A third to a half of financial aid applicants are selected for verification. If you are selected, the School of Education is required to verify your file. You will be asked to submit your 2015 IRS tax transcript and W-2 forms and complete a Verification Worksheet, available on our website, under the Forms link. Other documents may also be needed. We will contact you if you are selected for verification.
Verification is a process used to check the accuracy of certain information entered on the FAFSA and to resolve any errors. Some students are selected by the Department of Education and some are selected by the School of Education. Selected students will need to provide additional documentation to the Office of Financial Aid before we can finalize and disburse federal aid.
To submit a copy of your tax transcript, we strongly recommend using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) in FAFSA. The IRS DRT electronically transfers your federal tax return information into your FAFSA. More details on how to use the IRS DRT can be found at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/resources/irs-drt-text. Certain tax filers may not be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval and will need to request a tax transcript instead. You can request a tax transcript online at http://www.irs.gov, or by calling the IRS at 1-800-908-9924.
Once all documents have been received, our office will review the data and compare it to the information on your FAFSA. Our office will notify you if corrections need to be made to your FAFSA. If the corrections impact your federal aid award, we will notify you by email or letter.
Verification may take several weeks to complete, so we ask that all students supply the requested materials as soon as possible.
If your documents have not been turned in by August 1, your federal aid will be canceled.
You may be asked to submit additional verification documentation later in the year. If you do not submit the additional documents required, your federal aid will be canceled, including money you have already received.
Your financial aid will not be disbursed until the verification process is complete. Students can track the completion of verification documents on the "To Do List" tab on the Financial Aid site in SIS at https://sis.jhu.edu/sswf.