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­Approximately 30 percent of all applications are picked for a process called Verification by the Department of Education. If your application is picked for Verification, you (and your parents if "Dependent" by Federal guidelines) will need to submit copies of your Federal Tax Return Transcripts and complete a Verification Worksheet and a Supplemental Worksheet. The Financial Aid Office sends each student a letter and email requesting any additional documents needed after their initial review of the FAFSA. 

You can view your requested documents on MyAACC, the college’s secure internal portal.  Forms can be downloaded and printed from there.  Just log in to your MyAACC, go to the Self Services tab, select Credit Students, select Financial Aid, and finally select the Requested Financial Aid Documents option.  Complete and sign all requested items and submit them to our office for processing.­

Personal copies of federal income tax returns can no longer be accepted!  Families, who did not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and are selected for Verification, must submit a Tax Return Transcript (and possibly a Tax Account Transcript) from the IRS.  Dependent students must also submit one for the parents listed on the FAFSA.  There are three ways to get these paper transcripts from the IRS:

  • To print transcripts online on the spot, go on www.irs.gov, under “Tools” click “Get a Transcript of Your Tax Records” and then click “Get Transcript Online”
  • To request online and receive by mail, go on www.irs.gov, under “Tools” click “Get a Transcript of Your Tax Records” and then click “Get Transcript by Mail”
  • To request by phone and receive by mail, call 1-800-908-9946

If you filed an amended return, you will need both the Tax Return Transcript and the Tax Account Transcript! The IRS does not charge a fee for these transcripts.  Allow 5-10 days for delivery if you order online or by phone.

A Tax Return Transcript shows the most line items from your tax return (Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ) as it was originally filed and any accompanying forms and schedules.  It does not reflect any changes you, your representative, or the IRS made after the return was filed.  In many cases, a Tax Return Transcript will meet the requirements of lending institutions such as those offering mortgages and for applying for student loans. A Tax Account Transcript shows any later adjustments either you or the IRS made after the tax return was filed.  The Tax Account Transcript shows basic data, including marital status, type of return filed, adjusted gross income, and taxable income.

Important Note: Please be aware that if you worked and earned income, (regardless of whether you received a W-2 or 1099 from your employer), you may be required to file a federal income tax return.  Please refer to p6 of IRS Publication 17 or contact the IRS or your tax preparer for guidance.  Any tax filing issues must be resolved before we can process your financial aid application. 

Learn how utilizing the IRS Data Retrieval Tool will simplify and expedite the verification process!

Aid awards may need to be adjusted if there are differences between the data reported on the FAFSA and that reported on your tax transcripts and verification worksheet. A file can be selected for verification at any time. Any transaction with the Federal Processor can trigger information to change. We evaluate the files during the whole school year. Awards can be adjusted at any time. If you have already been paid and you are selected for verification, your money may be pulled back until verification is complete. Failure to participate may cause your financial aid to be cancelled.

In order to be eligible to receive federal, state and college student financial aid, you must meet all of the General Eligibility Requirements.