Verification Process | Financial Aid

If your FAFSA is selected for Verification, the U.S. Department of Education requires your school to verify the information reported on your FAFSA.  In order to complete the verification process, you must:

  1. Verify your federal tax information

  2. Complete a Verification Worksheet

  3. Submit all documents to Onestop Student Services

Step 1: Verify your federal tax information

Option A: FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Process

We highly recommend this process as it should be easier and faster than Option B.

  1. Visit
  2. Click on Login
  3. Enter your name, Social Security Number and Date of Birth
  4. Click on Make FAFSA Corrections
  5. Enter the Student's PIN and Password and click Next
  6. Click on the Financial Information tab
  7. Answer the income tax return question and follow the prompts on the screen.
  8. When complete, enter PIN and click "Link to the IRS"
  9. Click OK to temporarily leave the FAFSA website
  10. Once on IRS website, enter required information.  Be sure to enter your address EXACTLY as it appears on your tax return (i.e. Street, St, St.).  Click Submit
  11. If the IRS is able to validate your information, it should display.  Check the box under "Transfer My Tax Information into the FAFSA" and click on Transfer Now
  12. Click OK to return back to the FAFSA website
  13. Make sure these steps are completed for both student & parent (if dependent)
  14. Click Sign and Submit tab
  15. Follow prompts and when complete, click Submit My FAFSA Now

IRS Data Retrieval Tool demonstration video

(courtesy of UC Santa Barbara)

**Please Note**

If you filed your taxes electronically: allow 2 weeks BEFORE using the IRS Data Retrieval Process.  If you filed your taxes by mail: allow 6-8 weeks BEFORE using the IRS Data Retrieval Process.  

Find if you are required to file a tax return

Option B: IRS Tax Return Transcript

Tax Return Transcript is very different than your IRS tax return (i.e. 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ)

Order a Tax Return Transcript

IRS Tax Transcript

STEP 2: Complete a verification worksheet

2013-14 (Fall '13, Spring '14, Summer '14)

2014-15 (Fall '14, Spring '15, Summer '15) 

Verify your dependency status

STEP 3: Submit all documents to Onestop Student Services

Onestop Student Services
1200 Kenwood Avenue T1130
Duluth, MN  55811

Fax: (218) 733.2255
Phone: (218) 723.6570
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