Applying for Financial Aid

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Verification Process

Verification is the process of confirming that information reported by you and your parents or spouse on the FAFSA is accurate. Each year the FAFSA processor randomly selects approximately 30% of a university’s financial aid applicants for verification. If selected, you will be asked for additional information such as tax information and/or additional documentation.  Per federal regulations, personal copies of tax returns are no longer accepted.

Please choose ONE of the following options:

- Update parent income information on your FAFSA with the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.  This is the best option for timely submission.  Your parent's tax return has to be processed by the IRS before you can utilize this option.

- Request an IRS Tax Return Transcript of your parent's 2012 or 2013 tax information.  Your parent will need to request the IRS Tax Return Transcript if they do not choose to utilize the FAFSA- IRS Data Retrieval Tool or are ineligible to use the tool due to filing status.  Click here for more information on obtaining an IRS Tax Return Transcript.

The SFAO will post this and any other requests for documents that are needed to complete verification of your application to your MyNIU 'To Do List.' A notification to remind you to visit your MyNIU ‘To Do List’ will also be sent to your NIU email account.

If selected for Verification, please submit all requested documentation as quickly as possible so that your aid application may be processed in a timely manner.