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why was my fafsa selected for verification

It is legitimate to want to verify that information on the FAFSA is correct. If it didn't happen, I can guarantee you that a LOT of people would lie. I saw plenty of lies when I verified files, and I believe there would be many more if there were no checks balances. While it might be a pain to be verified, it is not a huge problem in the scheme of things. It is always odd when people get selected for verification who are not going to get any federal grant aid. but the system checks will catch anyone who has an unusual combination of information. It could be an AGI/taxes paid combination that doesn't fit the norm, or it could be a bigger family size than reported the previous year. It could be. well, a bunch of things. And if you think it is a pain to turn it all in to get a Pell, imagine how fun it is to turn it in just to get an unsub loan. Getting selected once doesn't increase your odds of getting selected again, other than from the standpoint that some combination of info prompts selection. I saw plenty of 0 income folks who were not selected. or who were selected one year not the next (I worked at a school with a VERY low income student body).
To complete the verification process, you must: Complete your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

Please access your online FAFSA, make a correction, and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. This will update your FAFSA with your tax information directly from the IRS. All data retrieval results will be encrypted on your FAFSA in an effort to reduce the chances of compromising sensitive data and the risk of identity theft. If you are ineligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you are required to submit an IRS tax return transcript of your federal income tax return to Hamilton s Office of Financial Aid. You can request an online or by mail. There is no charge from the IRS to request this documentation. The most secure way to submit your official tax transcript is through Verification must be completed by July 1st in order for your financial aid to be applied to your bill.

If we are not able to verify your FAFSA, your financial aid will be withheld. Please note that your financial aid checklist will be updated once we have completely reviewed all of your financial aid materials for verification. Visit and click Login then Make FAFSA Corrections. Once in the FAFSA, navigate to the Financial Information tab, where the option to use the tool will display for eligible students and parents. You must ensure that the name and address of the FIRST PERSON LISTED on a joint tax return is the same on the FAFSA. The addresses must be identical, including all punctuation, abbreviations and spacing. When you have finished completing the IRS Data Retrieval Tool process, please be sure to re-sign the FAFSA with your FSA ID. The IRS Data Retrieval process will remain incomplete without this important final step being completed. If you and/or your parents are not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, the U. S. Department of Education requires our office to collect a certified tax return transcript processed by the IRS. Please note that parents who are married but filing separately must submit 2 separate IRS tax return transcripts.

Transcripts are not required for those filing a foreign or Puerto Rican tax return. Please make sure you request a Tax Return Transcript. Do not request a Tax Account Transcript or Record of Account because they cannot be used for financial aid verification purposes. Go to To register and use this service, you need your SSN, date of birth, filing status and mailing address from latest tax return, access to your email account, your credit card number or account number from an auto loan, mortgage, home equity loan or home equity line of credit, and a mobile phone with your name on the account. Go to To use this service, you need your SSN or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN), date of birth, and mailing address from your latest tax return. Complete Form 4506-T (Request for Transcript of Tax Return). Form 4506-T is available online at

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