Verification is the process the Department of Education uses to verify information on the FAFSA is accurate and complete.
WHO IS SELECTED?
Students are selected for verification for one of the following reasons: 1. The Central Processing System found inconsistencies and/or potential errors in the student’s FAFSA 2. Random selection 3. School selection
WHAT IS the IRS DATA RETRIEVAL TOOL?
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is a part of the online FAFSA that allows student /spouse and/or parent(s) to transfer tax return data from the Internal Revenue Service into the FAFSA. Use of this tool is the best way to verify income data and allows for faster review during the verification process.
WHAT DO I DO IF I AM SELECTED?
HOW DO I OBTAIN A TAX RETURN TRANSCRIPT FROM THE IRS?
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I SUBMIT MY INFORMATION?
Once you submit documentation, the Office of Financial Aid will:
WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE ARE DISCREPANCIES?
If discrepancies are found, the Office of Financial Aid will make corrections to your FAFSA. If the corrections lead to a change in your eligibility, the Office of Financial Aid will revise your award the send an email to your MUW email account informing you that changes have been made.
HOW CAN VERIFICATION AFFECT MY AWARD?
Federal and some state financial aid will only be awarded once the verification process is complete. A prompt response to requests for information will minimize a delay in financial aid being credited to your student account. Verification must be completed by the last day of the enrollment term.
Office of Financial Aid
Welty Hall, 1st Floor1100 College StreetMUW-1614Columbus, MS 39701Phone: (662) 329-7114
1100 College Street Columbus, MS 39701phone: 662.329.4750 or 877.462.8439