Verification is a process to confirm the information you provided on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The U.S. Department of Education selects students for the verification process. However, Texas State University reserves the right to require students to submit additional information for selected conditions. Your selection for verification may be based on random or federal sampling or because your FAFSA data was incomplete, estimated or inconsistent.
If you are selected for verification, we will send an email to you letting you know you have unsatisfied requirements. We are required to ask you to provide documentation to confirm the information on your FAFSA. You can see any unsatisfied requirements on Texas State Self-Service.
If we request a copy of your tax return transcript (or your parent's tax return transcript), you must import the data to your FAFSA through the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) or request an IRS Tax Return Transcript, which can be obtained free of charge from the IRS. Please be certain you request the Return Transcript and not the Account Transcript. We are unable to accept IRS 1040 forms.
Please note that corrections made on documents using correction fluid or correction tape (such as White Out) are not permissible on any financial aid forms. If any financial aid form is submitted with correction fluid or correction tape, the form will be considered incomplete and you will be asked to complete and submit a new form. The proper way to correct errors on financial aid documents is as follows: 1) draw a single line through the error; 2) initial the correction; 3) write the date next to your initials; and 4) write the correct information. If the errors are extensive, it is recommended that in lieu of making multiple corrections you complete a new form.
When you are selected for verification, you must submit the requested verification documentation by the appropriate deadline. If you do not submit your verification documentation by the appropriate deadline, you will become ineligible for financial aid.
We will process verification documentation in the order received. However, the verification review process can take up to 3 weeks to complete during peak seasons. Delays in your filing the FAFSA and submitting verification documentation will delay the processing of your financial aid. You may need to make arrangements to cover your educational expenses out-of-pocket until your financial aid is processed.
Verification Document Submission Deadlines
|2016-2017||Fall semester only||April 15, 2017|
|2016-2017||Fall and/or spring semesters||September 7, 2017|
|2016-2017||Fall, spring and/or summer semesters||September 7, 2017|
Verification Document Submission Deadlines
|2017-2018||Fall semester only||November 1, 2017||April 14, 2018|
|2017-2018||Fall and/or spring semesters||March 1, 2018||September 6, 2018|
|2017-2018||Fall, spring and/or summer semesters||July 15, 2018||September 22, 2018|
*Please submit the required documents well before the suggested deadline to ensure you can be awarded the maximum aid for which you are eligible. If you submit the required documentation after the suggested deadline, your eligibility may be limited or you may be ineligible for financial aid.
The Department of Education can select you for verification or request additional documentation at any time; including after you have received financial aid. If you are selected for verification or asked to submit additional documents after receiving financial aid, we will notify you of the documentation required. Until such documentation is received, and the data are determined to match your FAFSA, any federal grants you may have received (e.g., Pell Grant) will be pulled from your student account with Student Business Services. If you do not submit the requested documentation by the appropriate deadline (see Verification Deadlines above), you will become ineligible for any future pending financial aid disbursements as well as federal grant and TEXAS Grant funds you have already received.
If the data reported on your FAFSA are confirmed, we will determine your aid eligibility and notify you via email of your awards listed on Texas State Self-Service. If we find differences between the data reported on your FAFSA and the verification information you submitted, we will make corrections to your FAFSA before determining your aid eligibility. Unless you are advised by our office, we strongly encourage you NOT to make any FAFSA corrections during the verification process as this action may cause additional delays in the awarding of your financial aid.
If the verification process is completed after you were initially awarded or received financial aid, your financial aid eligibility may change as a result of changes to your FAFSA. You may also be required to repay financial aid that was previously awarded to you. We will notify you of any changes to your aid via your Texas State email account.
Complete lines 1 - 4 and follow the instructions on page 3 of the form. Note that line 3 should be the most current address to where the IRS can send the IRS Verification of Non-Filing Letter.