A: Verification is a process by which schools are required by federal law to collect documentation in order to verify what has been reported on the FAFSA. Schools complete this process by requesting a variety of documents such as Federal IRS Tax Return Transcripts, verification worksheet, birth certificate, social security card, U.S. passport, etc.
Students are notified through their eMarq email account of any documents they are required to submit. You can also view your CheckMarq “To Do list" for any required verification documents.
Be sure to comply with all requests for documentation by the deadlines provided. Financial aid is awarded on a first-come first-served basis. In order to be considered for all available financial aid, continuing students must submit requested documents within 30 day of the initial document request. Aid may be reduced and/or eliminated for applicants whose documents are received beyond the 30 days.
A copy of the federal tax return is not acceptable for verifying FAFSA income data. Instead, parents and students are encouraged to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA or provide a Federal IRS Tax Return Transcript. For details about this process, visit Guidelines for the Verification Process.