Federal regulations governing financial aid programs require some students to be verified each year. Just because you have been selected does not mean that you have made a mistake.  Verification is a quality-control method to ensure that Federal aid is disbursed fairly and accurately and that the student gets the correct amount of aid. Students are selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education and by schools.

What is needed for the verification process (2014/2015):

Dependent Students Independent Students
  1. Verification Worksheets for Dependent students are available on-line.
  2. A copy of the student's Federal Income Tax Transcript (Note:  A copy of the tax return is not acceptable) OR file the FAFSA using the IRS data retrieval tool.
  3. A copy of the parent’s Federal Income Tax Transcript (Note:  A copy of the tax return is not acceptable) OR file the FAFSA using the IRS data retrieval tool.
  1. Verification Worksheets for Independent students are available on-line.
  2. A copy of the student's (and spouse if applicable) Federal Income Tax Transcript (Note:  A copy of the tax return is not acceptable) OR file the FAFSA using the IRS data retrieval tool.

In order to guarantee that verification is completed before the Fall semester begins all materials must be submitted no later than June 1. This process may take 4-6 weeks to complete.

 

Consequences of the verification process:

  1. NO AID is disbursed to a student's account until all documents are received and reviewed.
  2. Late fees are the responsibility of the student if all initial documents were not received by the June 1 deadline.
  3. Failure to provide necessary documentation may result in holds being placed on your student account and prevent you from registering for classes.
  4. Pell Grant eligible students selected for verification after their aid has paid will have the Pell Grant removed from their account.  The Pell Grant may be reinstated after verification is complete depending on the results.

After the verification process:

  1. If the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) changes as a result of verification, there may be a delay in certain types of aid from disbursing as the central processor must be notified of the change to the EFC.  Students may also receive notification of an updated SAR.
  2. Once verification is complete aid will be disbursed; either on the first day of the applicable semester or on the next available disbursement date.
  3. Students will be notified of any changes to their award amounts with a "revised" award notification email sent to their UM-Flint email account.

How to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool:

  1. Go to:  http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
  2. Log in to the student’s FAFSA record
  3. Select “Make FAFSA Corrections”
  4. Navigate to the Financial Information section of the form.
  5. Follow the instructions to determine if the student is eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer 2011 IRS income tax information into the student’s FAFSA.
  • It takes up to two weeks for IRS income information to be available for the IRS Data Retrieval Tool for electronic IRS tax return filers, and up to eight weeks for paper IRS tax return filers.
  • You will need the address used to file your tax return and your Federal PIN number to use the data retrieval.

How to request an IRS Tax Transcript

Option 1:

  1. Go to:  http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript
  2. Click on the “Get Transcript ONLINE” or "Get Transcript by MAIL" link and fill out the form to request your transcript.

Option 2:

  1. Call 1-800-908-9946.
  2. Follow the prompts to enter your request.
  • Make sure to request the “IRS tax return transcript” and NOT the “IRS tax account transcript.”
  • You will need your Social Security Number, date of birth, and the address on file with the IRS (normally this will be the address used when the 2011 IRS tax return was filed). 
  • If you have moved since the time you filed your tax return you cannot use the phone number to request the transcript.  The transcript will be mailed to the address on file with the IRS. Please use Option 1.

 

It takes up to two weeks for IRS income information to be available for electronic IRS tax return filers, and up to eight weeks for paper IRS tax return filers.

Checking for Additional Requirements

There may be additional requirements that will need to be completed before your aid will pay out. To check for these requirements, follow the steps below:

  • Visit SIS
  • Log in using your uniqname and LAN password
  • Click "Financial Aid"
  • Click "Financial Aid Status"
  • Select the current aid year from the drop-down menu and click "Submit"
  • Click "student requirements"
  • View the "Status" column for each requirement - if it reads "Requested" or "Incomplete", these requirements must be satisfied