You might see a note on your Student Aid Report saying you’ve been selected for verification; or our office might contact you to inform you that you’ve been selected. Verification is the process schools use to confirm that the data reported on your FAFSA is accurate. UWG'S Financial Aid Office has the authority to contact you for documentation that supports the information you reported on your FAFSA.
If you’re selected for verification, don’t assume you’re being accused of doing anything wrong. Students are selected at random by the Department of Education. All you need to do is provide the documentation our office asks for—and be sure to do so by the published deadline (see below), or you won’t be able to get financial aid prior to the payment deadline. To determine which documents are required, please log in to your BanWeb account and review your "Eligibility Requirements" within the Financial Aid section. You can now submit and sign forms electronically!
UWG's Priority Document Deadlines:
Fall Semester - July 1
Spring Semester - November 1
Summer Semester - April 1
If you used the Internal Revenue Service Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) when filling out your FAFSA, and you have not changed any of the information retrieved, you will not have to verify that information. If you didn’t use the IRS DRT and you’re selected for verification, log back in at www.fafsa.gov to see whether you can use IRS DRT to fill in the relevant fields on your FAFSA. *UPDATE: The IRS Data Retrieval Tool has been disabled by the IRS on the 2017-2018 FAFSA. This is not currently an option on the 2017-2018 FAFSA and an IRS Tax Return Transcript will be required if you are selected for verification for 2017-2018.* If not, the Financial Aid Office will require you to submit an IRS Tax Return Transcript as part of the verification process. You can find your tax transcript through the IRS’s Get Transcript service at www.irs.gov/transcript; detailed instructions linked below. Watch the video or view the example below if you have questions about requesting your IRS Tax Return Transcript. Please note that an IRS Tax Return Transcript is the only transcript type that can be acccepted.
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is available on the 2018-2019 FAFSA! Please see the steps below on transferring your tax information into the FAFSA!
Victims of Identity Theft
If you or your parents have been victims of documented identity theft and cannot get a return transcript or use the DRT, you may request and submit a Tax Return DataBase View (TRDBV) transcript as well as a statement they have signed and dated indicating that they were victims of tax-related identity theft and that the IRS has been made aware of it. They do this by calling the IRS’s Identity Protection Specialized Unit (IPSU) at 800-908-4490. After the IPSU authenticates the tax filer’s identity, he/she can ask the IRS to mail the TRDBV transcript, which is an alternate paper transcript that will look different than a regular transcript but is official and can be used for verification. Those who cannot obtain TRDBV transcript may instead submit another official IRS transcript or equivalent IRS document, but it must include all of the income and tax information required to be verified by the school.