Every year, the federal government selects a portion of FAFSA applicants and requires them to complete this verification process. For the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 academic years, they waived many, but not all verification requests.
If you must submit documents, we have posted document requests to your online To-Dos list. If your list does not include any document requests, then please don't submit these documents.
If you have questions, please see the FAQs at the bottom of this page or contact us.
These verification instructions are slightly different for each academic year.
If you are a Dependent Student (because your FAFSA required parent data), complete these worksheet steps:
The student must begin the online form and complete the student section.
We will email the form to your parent, and s/he must complete the parent section.
We will email it back to the student who must electronically sign the final worksheet and submit.
The student will receive a submission confirmation email.
Check your To-Dos list on your Towson Online Services Student Dashboard. If we are still requesting 2022-2023 documents from you, then you must submit those documents to try to receive 2022-2023 aid. If we are requesting a 2022-2023 Verification Worksheet, please email finaid AT_TOWSON and ask us to send you a link to the online worksheet.
Check your To-Dos list on your Towson Online Services Student Dashboard. If we are still requesting 2021-2022 documents from you, then you must submit those documents to try to receive 2021-2022 aid. If we are requesting a 2021-2022 Verification Worksheet, please email finaid AT_TOWSON and ask us to send you a link to the online worksheet.
Write the student’s name and TU ID on all tax documents.
For all questions use the following tax return years:
If the student or the parents who were listed on your FAFSA filed a tax return for the tax year listed above, then each tax-filer must submit the tax documentation that matches your tax return type below.
You must submit 2 documents:
You must submit 2 documents:
If you have IRA/Pension Rollovers they are listed on IRS 1040 form lines 4a-4b.
Submit a signed copy of the foreign/territory tax return and, if applicable, an English translation.
If you also filed an IRS tax return, then you must also follow the relevant IRS Tax Return instructions listed above.
All IRS tax filers must choose one of the following methods to submit your tax return data.
This method is fastest because we can automatically process your data instead of scanning and manually reviewing it.
If you can't use the FAFSA DRT, have Amended Tax returns, or IRA Pension rollovers, we can accept a signed copy of your IRS Federal Tax Return (Form 1040) including Schedules 1, 2, and 3 (if you filed these schedules)
Please submit tax returns by fax or the Verification Worksheet Upload tool. Don't email them because they contain your SSN.
If you can't use the FAFSA Data Retrieval Tool, and don't have a copy of your federal tax return, follow these instructions to order an IRS Tax Return Transcript.
If you had an Amended Tax Return (Form 1040X), they will issue a Transcript of your original return, and we need that Transcript and a signed copy of your 1040X.
If you have trouble requesting a tax transcript, try entering your address exactly as it was listed on your tax return or enter your address at Look Up a Zip Code to get your standardized USPS address.
If the student or the parents listed on your FAFSA did not file a tax return for the tax return year listed above (and were not required to file one), then you must submit the non-filer documentation requested below.
Use the IRS Get Transcript service to request a Verification of Non-Filing Letter.
We can also accept an IRS Tax Return or Account Transcript that says, “no transcript on file” or “no record of return filed.”
If you can’t get a VNF Letter from the IRS using option 1 or 2, use the form below for the appropriate aid year.
Residents of foreign countries must submit 2 types of documents:
Undocumented parents whose income is above the IRS filing threshold must file taxes. If your income is below the threshold, you must submit 2 types of documents:
This is the fastest way to submit student or parent tax return data. See instructions above.
If you already have the correct documentation available when you complete your online TU Verification Worksheet, you can upload your documentation and submit it with your Verification Worksheet. Please scan your documents into a single PDF document that contains all relevant pages. Do not submit pictures of your documents.
Use our Financial Aid Document Submission Form to submit scanned documents or document images. Please combine multi-page tax documents into a single file.
The federal government uses a variety of factors when selecting FAFSA applications for verification. Some of the factors are random and some are based on the data that you reported. You can reduce your chances of being selected again by using the FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Process.
No. The FAFSA only requires income data from the "Tax Return Year" listed above. You don’t have to update anything when you complete the next tax returns.
Yes. Federal aid regulations insist that you provide financial data for your parent’s current spouse unless your parent is separated from that spouse and they are no longer living together.
Please read the federal guidance on Reporting Parent Data on your FAFSA.
If both of the TU student’s legal parents are separated, but are still living together in the same house, apartment condo, dwelling, etc., then you must check “Unmarried but living together,” and you must report both parent’s information and financial data. The FAFSA rules define “legal parents” as the student’s biological, adoptive, or other parents as determined by state (for example, the parents listed on the student's birth certificate). Do not list any person in the parent section who is not married to your parent and who is not a legal or biological parent.
If you are the student’s FAFSA parent, and you are “Divorced or Separated and living apart” from the student’s parent or separated from a current spouse that is not the student’s parent, then check the “Divorced or Separated” box and do not list your spouse or their financial data on the Verification Worksheet. If you are an Independent student and you are separated from your current spouse, then do not list his or her data on your Verification Worksheet. If you filed a joint tax return with that spouse for the requested tax year, then you must submit 2 types of documents:
You cannot report parent enrollment in college on the Verification Worksheet. If your parent will be attending college full-time, please submit this form: