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Guide to FAFSA Verification
Chapel Hall G-02
Every academic year, students and their families apply for financial aid by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to help meet college expenses. This information is sent to the United States Department of Education. The U.S. Department of Education some FAFSA’s for verification. Every school, including Gallaudet, is required to verify every student selected for verification before financial aid is disbursed to the student. There are many reasons why you can be selected for verification:
Verification is not optional if you want to receive financial aid. The Financial Aid Office is not allowed to release federal aid to you if you have been selected for verification and have not completed it. If you are selected for verification, The Financial Aid Office will notify you by email and let you know what is needed to complete verification. It is essential to complete verification within 20 days of being notified. The Financial Aid Office may be required to verify the following items on your FAFSA:
How do I know if I was selected for verification?
You will receive a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) once your FAFSA has been processed (3-5 days after you complete it). If you were selected for verification, there would be a message on your SAR stating that you were selected and instructing you to contact the Financial Aid Office. In addition to your SAR, the Financial Aid Office will send you a notification through your Gallaudet issued email with information related to verification and requesting the documents required for you to complete the verification process. Do not ignore the email!
What happens if I do not provide the verification information requested?
Participation in the verification process is not optional. If the student does not provide the verification documentation, the student is not eligible for federal or state financial aid. The student is also ineligible for many forms of financial aid that Gallaudet may have to offer. So, please submit the requested verification information promptly to avoid a delay in your financial aid application processing.
If I am selected for verification, what do I need to do?
If your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) was selected for verification, participation in the verification process is mandatory and must occur before need-based Federal financial aid disburses. Every verification is different, with different requirements. The Office of Financial Aid will notify you through Gallaudet Email, about which documents you need to complete. Verification CANNOT be completed without your assistance, by providing the required documentation. Please check your Gallaudet email for an email from The Office of Financial Aid, which will give you a list of documents we need you to bring to us. Do not ignore the verification email from the Office of Financial Aid. If you have any questions, please stop by the Financial Aid Office for assistance or clarification.
I received a verification email from the Financial Aid Office. How do I follow the instructions on the email?
Students will be asked to submit several documents as part of verification. Please read the email you received from the Financial Aid Office carefully for a list of items you need to submit. You will be asked to complete and submit a worksheet. The email will let you know which worksheet we need from the items below:
Verification Category and Required Documentation (FAFSA 2023-2024)
V1: Dependent Standart Verification, OR
Independent Standart Verification
V4: Dependent Custom Verification, OR
Independent Custom Verification
V5: Dependent Aggregate Verification, OR
Independent Aggregate Verification
Verification Category and Required Documentation (FAFSA 2022-2023)
If you are looking for a verification worksheet, Please Contact here, and we will send you an email attachment of the correct worksheet you need to complete for verification.
Here is how to obtain the documents you have been asked for:
This option is recommended by Gallaudet University and provides you with the fastest, easiest, and most secure way to verify your tax data.
Not all tax files can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. To use the IRS Data Retrieval Option, you must:
You will not be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Option if:
How do I Obtain a Tax Return Transcript?
There are several ways to obtain this document:
Important Note: Do not ask the IRS to send the tax transcript/non-filing statement directly to the Financial Aid Office as we will shred it. Please send the tax transcript/non-filing statement to your mailing address, and then submit it to the Financial Aid Office.
Please note that we cannot accept a Tax Account Transcript. This form has limited information on it, and we will ask you to request the correct return transcript documentation.
Tax Account Transcript: Incorrect documentReturn Transcript: Correct document
Please submit verification worksheets and Tax Return Transcripts to the Financial Aid Office using one of the following methods:
Keep copies of any documents you send to the Financial Aid Office.
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