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The Department of Education defines "verification" as a process where your school confirms the data reported on your FAFSA. Federal regulations provide Davenport University both the authority and the responsibility to contact you for documentation that supports income and other information that you reported. Schools are required to verify students that have been selected prior to disbursing aid.

If you have been selected for verification, you will be notified by the U.S. Department of Education on your Student Aid Report (SAR) and/or by Davenport University. Please respond to all requests for documentation as quickly as possible to prevent delays in the awarding of your financial aid.

Verification Process for Financial Aid

Complete the IVF (Institutional Verification Form)


Applicants (students, spouses and parents) who have filed a federal income tax return are required to verify income and other information using one of the following methods, click here to see examples:

1.     IRS Data Retrieval (DRT) process. Applicants can use this process when filing the FAFSA on the Web or after filing via Correction on the Web, available at Allow two weeks for tax return information to be available if you filed your taxes electronically, or eight weeks if you filed your taxes via a paper return.

Applicants unable to use the IRS DRT process include those who: filed with a status of married, filing separately; filed an amended tax return; filed as married but with a head of household status; have changed marital status since filing the federal income tax return; filed a Puerto Rican or foreign income tax return. These applicants must provide a tax transcript if selected for verification.

2.     IRS tax return transcript. If you are unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval process, but you filed a federal income tax return, please visit  to obtain a copy of the requested tax transcripts. You can also request a tax transcript by phone (1-800-908-9946) or paper process (IRS Form 4506T-EZ or Form 4506-T). The tax transcript is free.

Please note: Due to a change in federal regulations, Davenport can no longer accept a paper tax return for verification in most situations.

ROLLOVERS: If an applicant has reported an IRA rollover on his or her federal tax return, this information should be brought to the attention of the Financial Aid Counselor.


Applicants (students, spouses and parents) who are not required to file a federal income tax return must verify income and other information by providing both of the following:

1.     A signed Income Verification for Non-tax Filers form

2.     Copies of IRS W-2 Forms for each source of employment income received for calendar year.

Other documentation may be required to complete the verification process, including the IVFStatement of Child Support Paid, copy of Food Assistance award letter or certification and/or other documents.

All copies can be submitted to your financial aid counselor on your campus, or you can mail documents directly to:

Davenport Financial Aid Office
6191 Kraft Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI.  49512