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The Federal Government may select your financial aid application for a process called verification. Students selected for verification are notified on the Student Aid Report (SAR) they receive from the processor.

Until verification is complete, federal verification regulations dictate that federal financial aid cannot be disbursed. Verification may also result in corrections that change your award amounts. Direct student loans may not be certified until verification is complete.

The IRSC Financial Aid Office also has the authority to select files for verification if there appears to be a conflict of information.

If you are selected for verification, you and your spouse (or parents, if a dependent) must submit a copy of your federal income tax return transcript from the IRS (check your online documents to determine which year is appropriate) along with copies of all W-2 form(s). Copies of the actual tax returns cannot be accepted.

Verification worksheets and related documents can be found on the Financial Aid Forms page.

The Financial Aid Office may require other documentation on a case-by-case basis for certain data elements, such as child support, proof of separation or divorce, Social Security/SSI benefits, veteran benefits or any other items deemed necessary. Once all information is submitted (along with any other necessary documents), your application will then be reviewed to determine your eligibility for aid. 

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