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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 the Verification process. You will need to submit all requested information to the Financial Aid Office for processing.

The Financial Aid Office will contact each student with a letter and email requesting any additional documents needed after their initial review of the FAFSA. You can view your requested documents on MyAACC (Menu > Self Services > Credit Students > Financial Aid > Requested Financial Aid Documents). Forms can be downloaded and printed from there. Complete and sign all requested items and submit them to our office for processing.­

In order for you to protect your privacy, our office recommends that you submit all documents containing personal information to our office in person, by mail or by fax.

Families, who did not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and are selected for Verification, must submit a Tax Return Transcript from the IRS. Dependent students must also submit one for the parents listed on the FAFSA. 

  • To print transcripts online, go to irs.gov (Get Your Tax Record> Get Transcript Online).
  • To request online and receive by mail, go on irs.gov (Get Your Tax Records> Get Transcript by Mail).

The IRS does not charge a fee for these transcripts.  Allow 5-10 days for delivery if you order online or by phone.

Tax Return Transcripts

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.

Confirmation of Non-Filing

Parents and Independent Students and their spouses who did not file Federal Income Taxes are required to submit a Confirmation of Non-Filing Letter to our office along with all W2 Forms and 1099 forms.

Dependent students who did not file taxes are not required to submit a Confirmation of Non-Filing.

You can use IRS Form 4506-T to request the Confirmation of Non Filing from the IRS. 

Check Box 7 and use this form to:

  • Order a transcript or other return information free of charge, or
  • Designate a third party to receive the information.

The letter must indicate that a IRS income tax return was not filed for the year requested by our office. Allow the IRS 10 business days to process your request. It is best to submit this information with the rest of your paperwork. Failure to submit this letter will delay the processing of your financial aid.

Important Notes

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.   Contact the IRS or your tax preparer for guidance.  Any tax filing issues must be resolved before we can process your financial aid application.

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 cause information to change. We evaluate the files year-round. Awards can be adjusted at any time. If you have already been paid financial aid funds 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.

Login to your MyAACC account regularly for updates. (Menu > Self Services > Credit Students > Financial Aid > Requested Financial Aid Documents.)

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


IRS Data Retrieval Tool

All students are strongly encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when filling out their FAFSA. If you submitted your FAFSA before filing your taxes, remember to go back and update your FAFSA information after your taxes are filed. 

Electronically-filed tax return information will be available online from the IRS site in one to two weeks after the return has been filed.

Data from paper tax returns will be available in six to eight weeks.

Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool in your FAFSA

  1. Log in to your current FAFSA form, in the finances section , you will see a “Link to IRS” button if you are eligible to use the IRS DRT.

  2. Click the “Link to the IRS” button.  Log in with your FSA ID to be transferred to the IRS to retrieve your information.

  3. At the IRS site, enter your information exactly as it appears on your Federal income tax return and click the “Submit” button.

  4. Check the “Transfer My Tax information in to the FAFSA form” box, then click the “Transfer Now” button. Do not make changes to the tax information once the “transfer” has taken place.

  5. You will know that your Federal tax return information has been successfully transferred because the words “Transferred from the IRS” will display in place of the IRS information on your FAFSA.

  6. Follow the same steps for parent information, if required.

  7. Our office will usually receive your updated information in 3 to 5 business days.

Once we receive a successful match, your "Requested Financial Aid Documents" list will be updated.