Verification is a process mandated by the U.S. Department of Education to ensure information provided on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is accurate. When students complete the FAFSA, the U.S. Department of Education may select the FAFSA for verification. If you are selected for verification the school is required to collect specific documents from you.
If your application is selected for verification, you will receive a notification at your registered KU email address. You will be instructed to go to verification.ku.edu to complete and upload the required documents. Please complete and submit the verification worksheet and a signed copy of your 2015 IRS Tax Return (not required if student/spouse used the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA and did not make any changes to the data). If you are a dependent student, you will need to provide a signed copy of your parents' or guardians’ 2015 IRS Tax Return (not required if parents used the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA and did not make any changes to the data).
Verification may take up to four weeks after Financial Aid & Scholarships (FAS) receives all required documentation. You will not be awarded federal, state, or institutional financial aid until FAS has received and processed all required information and your financial aid file is complete. If you wish to be considered for limited-funded aid programs, the deadline for COMPLETING the verification process for the 2017-18 academic year is March 31, 2017. For awarding of loans, all verification documents for the 2017-18 academic year must be submitted by May 1, 2018 (prior to the end of the Spring 2018 term). Students who think they will qualify for Pell Grants should contact FAS if submitting documents after May 1, 2018. Verification file review may take up to four weeks.
IRS Data Retrieval Tool Outage
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) will be unavailable for an undetermined amount of time – though the IRS anticipates it will be unavailable for several weeks. This outage primarily effects students who are trying to file their FAFSA and students attempting to complete verification.Completing Verification
Due to this issue the Department of Education has updated their guidelines with new options for completing verification:
- If you or your parents filed a 2015 tax return, you may submit a signed copy of the 2015 tax return (make sure to include all pages of the tax return and any schedules).
- If you or your parents did not file a 2015 tax return, you may submit a signed statement confirming 2015 taxes were not filed and were not required to be filed.