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Verification

 

The Department of Education defines "verification" as the process of your school confirming 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.  The following three items are required to complete verification.

  1. Institutional Verification Form
  2. Income Verification from Tax Filers
  3. Income Verification from Non-Tax Filers

Verification Process for Financial Aid

INSTITUTIONAL VERIFICATION FORM

Very often students must complete the Institutional Verification Form (IVF).  Click here to see if this form is being requested of you.  In addition, the form can be found here IVF (Institutional Verification Form).

TAX FILERS

Applicants who are selected for verification, their parents (if dependent), and their spouses (if applicable) are required to verify income and other information if they have filed a federal income tax return.  (Students, parents, and spouses who did not file taxes can go here to review what paperwork is required.)  Income can be verified using one of the two following methods.

Method 1--IRS Data retrieval

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) process allows a student and his/her parent(s) to transfer IRS tax information directly from the IRS into the FAFSA.  Go to the "Financial Information" section of the FAFSA to complete the transfer for the student and parents (if applicable).  

Below is an example of how a student data transfer will look once the data has been transferred.

Screen shot of FAFSA page indicating “You have successfully transferred your 2016 IRS tax information” and showing three FAFSA questions with “Transferred from the IRS” next to them.

Method 2--IRS tax return transcript

The tax transcript is free.  Click here to see examples.  You can request a transcript two ways:

Online Transcript Request--Available Immediately 

  1. To request a tax return transcript, go to https://www.irs.gov/individuals/get-transcript
  2. Click “Get Transcript Online” button.  If a returning user, log in with your username.  If you are a new user, you will have to create an account.  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; please allow 10-15 days for documents to arrive by mail.

Online Transcript Request--Mailed to You

  1. To request a tax return transcript, go to https://www.irs.gov/individuals/get-transcript
  2. Click “Get Transcript by Mail” button
  3. Fill in Social Security Number, Date of Birth, Street Address, and Zip Code
  4. Click “Continue”
  5. Type of Transcript: “Return Transcript”
  6. For Tax Year: “2016”

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

Notes:

  • 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 2016 tax return transcript as well as a SIGNED copy of the Federal form 1040X (amended return).
  • 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 Office.

NON-TAX FILERS

Applicants who are selected for verification, their parents (if dependent), and their spouses (if applicable) are required to verify income and other information even if they have not and are not required to have filed a federal income tax return.  To verify income for those who have not filed federal income taxes, the Financial Aid Office will need:

  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.
  3. A Verification of Non-filing Letter.  Dependent students themselves do not need to provide this letter. Any parent listed on a FAFSA who did not file taxes needs to provide this letter as well as independent students who did not file taxes.  To get this letter, simply complete the request a transcript process via mail using the 4506-T/EZ or online at https://www.irs.gov/individuals/get-transcript using the Get a Transcript Online option.  The Verification of Non-filing Letter cannot be accessed using the Get a Transcript by Mail option.  You must use the Get a Transcript Online option or the 4506-T/EZ option.  If you did not file, the transcript you request will be the Verification of Non-filing Letter.

All paperwork can be submitted via:

Email:  financialaid@davenport.edu

Fax:  616-732-1141

Mail:

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