Verification – WHAT IS IT?

  • The Department of Education selects some FAFSA applicants for verification.
  • The student is notified of verification selection by the Department of Education through an email acknowledgement.
  • The Department of Education requires that Franciscan University
    confirm the information you and your parent(s) reported on your FAFSA.
    To verify that you provided correct information, our Financial Aid
    office will compare your FAFSA with the Verification Worksheet and
    Federal Tax Return Transcript. If differences are found, your FAFSA
    will be corrected.
  • Your financial aid award cannot be completed until the verification process is complete.
  • If the Department of Education selects you after you have received
    your financial aid, Franciscan is required to cancel your financial aid
    until required documentation has been submitted.


  • Complete the appropriate Verification Worksheet (available above right.),
    sign, date, and return it to the Financial Aid Office at Franciscan
    University. Dependent students are required to have a parent sign and
    date the form along with the student signature.
  • The best way to verify income is by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool
    that is part of the FAFSA on the Web. If the student’s parent has not
    already used the tool, the parent and the student should go to,
    log in to the student’s FAFSA, select “Make FAFSA Corrections”, and
    navigate to the Financial Information section of the form. From there,
    follow the instructions to determine if the parent is eligible to use
    the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer IRS income tax information into
    the student’s FAFSA. It takes up to two weeks for IRS income
    information to be available within the IRS Data Retrieval Tool if your
    tax return was filed electronically, and up to eight weeks for paper tax
    return filers. When the IRS Data Retrieval Tool is used successfully,
    you do not need to submit a Tax Return Transcript to Franciscan


OR, if you cannot utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool:

  • Submit a copy of your Federal Tax Return Transcript to our Financial Aid Office. You can obtain an IRS tax return transcript at the Get Transcript of Your Tax Records” section of, or call 1-800-908-9946. 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 IRS tax return was
    filed). 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.
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