If you are selected, Federal Verification, as regulated by the Department of Education, is mandatory in order to receive Federal Student Aid. Verification is a completely random selection with one out of three students being chosen each year. Follow the steps below to ensure proper completion.

Verification worksheet

Determine which worksheet you need from your Needs Letter sent to you from the Financial Aid Office. The most common worksheet is #1.

Be sure to review the form and directions carefully ensuring every question is answered in its entirety.

Tax information

Requirements differ based on dependent vs independent status per the Department of Education. If you’re unsure, you can review your status on our FAFSA Resources page. All directions are outlined below.

Links you might need:

Dependent student tax requirements

  • Parent Tax Information
    • Filed? Utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool
    • No income and didn’t file? Order a Verification of Non-filing Letter
  • Student Tax Information
    • Filed? Utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool
    • Didn’t file but earned income?
      • Submit correct tax year W2s
    • Didn’t file or earn income?
      • Check appropriate box on your Verification Worksheet

Independent student tax requirements

  • Student Tax Information
    • Filed? Utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool
    • No income and didn’t file? Order a Verification of Non-filing Letter

Still have verification questions?

Please feel free to reach out to our Financial Aid Office.

Financial Aid Office
finaid@cuw.edu
262-243-4569