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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:

IRS Data Retrieval (DRT) process: As March, 2017, the IRS Data Retrieval process is not available. Students must request a transcript using one of the methods below.  IRS tax return transcript -- The tax transcript is free. You can request a transcript three ways:


  1. To request a tax return transcript go to:
  2. Under the heading “Tools” click on “Get a tax transcript”
  3. Click on “Get a Transcript Online” button
  4. If you are a first time user, Click “Get Started” Button. If a returning user, Log in with your username. In order to use the Get transcript online option you will need one of the following:
    • Credit Card
    • Mortgage or Home Equity Loan
    • Home Equity Line of Credit
    • Auto Loan

In addition, you will need a mobile phone number that your name is associated with. If you do not have a mobile phone number associated with your name, you can request an activation code via mail. The activation code takes 10-15 days to receive. If you have to wait on an activation code, please follow the instructions below to request a tax return transcript by mail or call 1-800-908-9946; please allow 10-15 days for documents to arrive by mail.


  1. To request a tax return transcript go to:
  2. Under the heading “Tools” click on “Get a tax transcript by mail”
  3. Click “Get Transcript by mail” button
  4. Fill in Social Security Number, Date of Birth, Street Address, and Zip Code
  5. Click “Continue”
  6. Type of Transcript: “Return Transcript”
  7. For Tax Year: “2015”

You should receive the transcripts in 10 to 15 days via mail.

If you are not able to access this information online you can request a transcript over the phone. The IRS’ automated number is 1-800-908-9946. Please allow 10-15 days for documents to arrive by mail. These can only be mailed to the address that appears on the 2015 Federal 1040 form. If you had a change of address, you will need to contact the IRS regarding this situation. If you are a victim of identity theft, please contact the IRS at 1-800-908-4490 for assistance in obtaining your documents.

If you have amended your tax return, you will need to provide a copy of your 2015 tax return transcript as well as a SIGNED copy of the Federal form 1040X (amended return).

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
Davenport University
6191 Kraft Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI.  49512