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FAFSA Verification

Your required Verification Forms are listed in Academica under "Student Resources."

Verification is a process to confirm the accuracy the information you provided on the FAFSA.

  • Verification selection may be random or may be required if your FAFSA data was incomplete, estimated or inconsistent.
  • The U.S. Department of Education selects some students for the verification process. We will select others if we find conflicting information.
  • If you are selected for verification, the process must be completed before aid can be applied to your student account.

Check your WSU email regularly for important correspondence.

Required documents

When verifying your FAFSA, we may be required to review your federal tax returns.

To document your tax return:

  • Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer tax data to your FAFSA. 
  • Request an IRS Tax Transcript.

IRS data retrieval tool

If you did not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when you filed your FAFSA, you may still do so.

  1. Log on at fafsa.gov and click "Make FAFSA Corrections."
  2. In the FAFSA's Financial Information section, click "Link to IRS."
  3. On the IRS website, fill out the form and click "Transfer my tax information into the FAFSA." 

Note: Tax information filed electronically within the last two weeks or submitted by mail within the last eight may not be available.

IRS tax transcript

If you are selected for income verification of your FAFSA and are unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you must submit an official IRS Tax Return Transcript.

Request an IRS tax return transcript

Important notes

  • Include your student ID number on your tax transcript.
  • If you are applying for aid at other schools, make a copy of your tax transcript for your records — we will not keep paper copies of any documents and the IRS will only accommodate one request.
  • If W-2s are requested and you are self-employed, submit a signed statement indicating this is the reason a W-2 is not available.
 If you filed an amended return:
Submit ALL of the following:
  1. An IRS Tax Return Transcript, a Record of Account Transcript, or a Return Transcript for Taxpayer (RTFTP): AND
  2. A signed copy of the 2014 IRS Form 1040X, “Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return,” that was filed with the IRS.
If you did not file an amended return, but answered this question incorrectly on the FAFSA, you may correct your FAFSA or submit a signed, dated statement indicating you did not file an amended return.
 If you were a victim of identity theft:
If you were a victim of identity theft and cannot obtain a tax transcript or the IRS Data Retrieval process, submit BOTH of the following:
  1. A Tax Return DataBase View (TRDBV) transcript obtained from the IRS. (Contact the IRS at 1-800-908-4490.); AND
  2. A statement signed and dated by the tax filers indicating that they were victims of IRS tax-related identity theft and that the IRS has been made aware of the tax-related identity theft.
 If you filed a foreign tax return:
  • Submit a signed and dated copy of the form, with your WSU Student ID number at the top. The form must be translated into English, OR
  • Submit a statement of income, if you earned income in a country that does not require you to file tax returns.
 If you were granted a filing extension:
  • Submit a copy of IRS Form 4868, that was filed with the IRS for tax year 2014; a copy of the IRS's approval of an extension beyond the automatic six-month extension if the individual requested an additional extension of the filing time for tax year 2014; AND
  • Submit a copy of IRS Form W–2 for each source of employment income received for tax year 2014 and, if self-employed, a signed statement certifying the amount of the individual’s Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) and the U.S. income tax paid for tax year 2014.
 Verificaiton deadlines

For the 2016-17 academic year, you are strongly encouraged to submit all requested documentation no later than June 30, 2016, in order to receive a timely award with all possible funding.

The verification review process can range from two to six weeks. Submit copies of the requested documentation within 14 business days of the request.

The last date to submit verification documents is 30 days after the last day of the semester or your last day of enrollment in the academic year, whichever is earlier.

Federal loan applicants: WSU requires verification to occur before determining eligibility for student loans. A federal loan application cannot be originated for a period of enrollment that has already passed.

Note: Failure to submit all requested documentation will result in the forfeiture of your financial aid eligibility.

 After verification is complete

If the data reported on your FAFSA is verified, the financial aid office can confirm your eligibility for financial aid. 

If we find differences between the data reported on your FAFSA and the information that you submitted to us, we may make corrections to your FAFSA. You can monitor your FAFSA verification status in Academica.

We will send an email to your WSU account notifying you to review your document requests on Academica. All document requests must be completed before any financial aid can be disbursed to your account.

Check your WSU email regularly for important correspondence.

You will receive an email notifying you if your awards change through the verification process.

 How to avoid processing delays

We strongly recommend that you submit all documents within 14 days of receiving the verification notice.

Submit all documents to:

Wayne State University
Office of Student Financial Aid
The Welcome Center
P.O. Box 2340
Detroit, MI 48202-0340

You may also fax documents to our office at 313-577-6648. 

  • Remember to make photocopies for your records.
  • Print your name and 9-digit WSU ID number on each page of the documents that you submit.