FAFSA Verification

If your 20145-2016 FAFSA application is selected for verification, federal mandates require the student and parent (or spouse, if married) to submit additional information to the Financial Aid Office.

Because students sometimes make errors on their application, there is a process for verifying applications and making corrections. The Central Processing System (CPS) which processes your FAFSA, selects which applications are to be verified and Webber International University must collect documents from the student and parent to verify the information put on their FAFSA is accurate.

Students who are selected for verification are placed in one of the five following groups by the Department of Education. The group determines which FAFSA information WIU must verify for the student. If you were selected for verification, Webber will contact you with what verification group you were selected. Be sure to check your email that you entered on your FAFSA as this will be the first method we use to contact you.

  • V1-Standard Verification Group
  • V4-Custom Verification Group
  • V5-Aggregate Verification Group
  • V6-Household Resources

The documentation you will need for verification varies according to your verification group. To find the forms and more information on the group you were selected for, see below on this page. The Department encourages students and parents to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to import data from their tax return to the FAFSA and not change it. To satisfy some of the verification items we need you can choose to go back to your FAFSA and choose “yes” for the Data Retrieval Tool. It is the fastest, easiest, and most secure method of meeting verification requirements.

For additional information on the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you may go to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/help.htm or contact the Financial Aid Office at 863-638-2929.

If you are not eligible or choose not to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, the IRS has created a Tax Return Transcript on Demand Tool on their website that will allow you to print your tax documents in a few minutes after answering some security questions. To use this method, you will go to: http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript.

If you are not able to complete this method, you can go to a local IRS office to pick up a tax return transcript or go to www.irs.gov and have the IRS mail you a tax return transcript.

If you have reported that you have “0” income or an unusually low income, you will be required to fill out a Low Income Form. If the student is Dependent, please fill out the Parent Low Income Form. If the student is Independent, you will need to fill out the Student Low Income Form.

Parent Low Income Form
Student Low Income Form

For Frequently Asked Questions, see bottom of page.

WIU Office of Financial Aid reserves the right to request additional documents if needed to complete the verification process. To submit verification documents, you must bring them to the Financial Aid Office, fax them to 863-638-1317, or e-mail them to financialaid@webber.edu or mail to:

P.O. Box 96
Babson Park, FL. 33827

Your file will not be complete until all requested documentation is received and processed by the WIU Financial Aid Office. The verification process may delay the awarding of financial assistance. To expedite the process, please submit all requested documents upon request. If you have questions regarding the verification process, please call 863-638-2929 or 2930.

V1-Standard Verification Group

Students in this group must verify the following if they are tax filers:

  • Adjusted gross income
  • U.S. income tax paid
  • Untaxed portions of IRA distributions
  • Untaxed portions of pensions
  • IRA deductions and payments
  • Tax-exempt interest income
  • Education credits
  • Household size
  • Number in college
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits
  • Child support paid

Students who are not tax filers must verify the following:

  • Income earned from work
  • Household size
  • Number in college
  • SNAP benefits
  • Child support paid

For this verification group, all selected applicants will need to complete the following forms in addition to submitting all W2’s and 2014 tax return transcripts:

Read carefully and do not leave anything blank.

If you and/or your parent are tax-filers, you will need to provide us with tax information. The Department encourages students and parents to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to import data from their tax return to the FAFSA and not change it. To satisfy some of the verification items we need you can choose to go back to your FAFSA and choose “yes” for the Data Retrieval Tool. It is the fastest, easiest, and most secure method of meeting verification requirements.

For additional information on the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you may go to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/help.htm or contact the Financial Aid Office at 863-638-2929.

If you are not eligible or choose not to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, the IRS has created a Tax Return Transcript on Demand Tool on their website that will allow you to print your tax documents in a few minutes after answering some security questions. To use this method, you will go to: http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript.

Under the following conditions the IRS Data Retrieval is not available:

  • The person did not indicate on the FAFSA that the tax return has been completed.
  • The marriage date is January 2016 or later.
  • The first three digits of the SSN are 666.
  • The tax return was amended.
  • The person filed a Puerto Rican or foreign tax return.
  • The person is married and filed the tax return either as head of household or married but filing a separate return.
  • Neither married parent entered a valid SSN.
  • A non-married parent or both married parents entered all zeroes for the SSN.

If you are unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or choose not to, you will be required to request a tax return transcript from the IRS. To do this, you can call the IRS at 1-800-908-9946 or go to their website and “Order a Transcript” at www.irs.gov.

For non-tax filers you must provide WIU with a W-2 form for each source of employment income.

If you have reported that you have “0” income, you will be required to fill out a Low Income Form. If the student is Dependent, please fill out the Parent Low Income Form. If the student is Independent, you will need to fill out the Student Low Income Form

Parent Low Income Form
Student Low Income Form

V4-Custom

Students selected for verification in this group must verify high school completion status and identity/statement of educational purpose in addition to receipt of SNAP benefits and payment of child support.

If you were selected for verification group V4, you will need to complete the V4 Verification Worksheet. On the second page of this form, there is a “Statement of Education Purpose” that must be notarized by a Notary, or personally signed in front of a WIU Financial Aid Counselor. If you choose to sign this form at WIU, the student will need a valid, government issued photo identification (ID) such as a passport or a driver’s license or other state-issued ID.

V4 Verification Worksheet (Custom)

V5-Aggregate

Students must verify high school completion status and identity/statement of educational purpose in addition to the items in the V1 Standard Verification Group.

For this verification group, all selected applicants will need to complete the following forms in addition to submitting all W2’s and tax return transcripts:

On the third page of V5 Verification Worksheet, there is a “Statement of Education Purpose” that must be notarized by a Notary, or signed in front of a WIU Financial Aid Counselor. If you choose to sign this form at WIU, the student will need a valid, government issued photo identification (ID) such as a passport or a driver’s license or other state-issued ID.

Read carefully and do not leave anything blank.

If you and/or your parent are tax-filers, you will need to provide us with your tax information. To provide us with tax information, you can choose between requesting a tax return transcript directly from the IRS or using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is highly recommended as it is fast and easy. To use this tool, you can go back to your FAFSA application to the financial section and select Data Retrieval Tool for parents and/or student. This process works only for Individuals who filed 2015 tax returns. Under the following conditions the IRS Data Retrieval is not available:

  • The person did not indicate on the FAFSA that the tax return has been completed.
  • The marriage date is January 2016 or later.
  • The first three digits of the SSN are 666.
  • The tax return was amended.
  • The person filed a Puerto Rican or foreign tax return.
  • The person is married and filed the tax return either as head of household or married but filing a separate return.
  • Neither married parent entered a valid SSN.
  • A non-married parent or both married parents entered all zeroes for the SSN.

For additional information on the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you may go to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/help.htm or contact the Financial Aid Office at 863-638-2929.

If you are not eligible or choose not to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, the IRS has created a Tax Return Transcript on Demand Tool on their website that will allow you to print your tax documents in a few minutes after answering some security questions. To use this method, you will need to go to: http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript.

If you have reported that you have “0” income, you will be required to fill out a Low Income Form. If the student is Dependent, please fill out the Parent Low Income Form. If the student is Independent, you will need to fill out the Student Low Income Form

Parent Low Income Form
Student Low Income Form

V6-Household Resources Verification Group

Students in this group must verify the following if they are tax filers:

  • Adjusted gross income
  • U.S. income tax paid
  • Untaxed portions of IRA distributions
  • Untaxed portions of pensions
  • IRA deductions and payments
  • Tax-exempt interest income
  • Education credits
  • Household size
  • Number in college
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits
  • Child support paid
  • All untaxed income

Students who are not tax filers must verify the following:

  • Income earned from work
  • Household size
  • Number in college
  • SNAP benefits
  • Child support paid
  • All untaxed income

For this verification group, all selected applicants will need to complete the following forms in addition to submitting all W2’s and 2013 tax return transcripts:

Read carefully and do not leave anything blank.

If you and/or your parent are tax-filers, you will need to provide us with tax information. The Department encourages students and parents to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to import data from their tax return to the FAFSA and not change it. To satisfy some of the verification items we need you can choose to go back to your FAFSA and choose “yes” for the Data Retrieval Tool.” It is the fastest, easiest, and most secure method of meeting verification requirements.

For additional information on the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you may go to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/help.htm or contact the Financial Aid Office at 863-638-2929.

If you are not eligible or choose not to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, the IRS has created a Tax Return Transcript on Demand Tool on their website that will allow you to print your tax documents in a few minutes after answering some security questions. To use this method, you will need to go to: http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript.

Under the following conditions the IRS Data Retrieval is not available:

  • The person did not indicate on the FAFSA that the tax return has been completed.
  • The marriage date is January 2016 or later.
  • The first three digits of the SSN are 666.
  • The tax return was amended.
  • The person filed a Puerto Rican or foreign tax return.
  • The person is married and filed the tax return either as head of household or married but filing a separate return.
  • Neither married parent entered a valid SSN.
  • A non-married parent or both married parents entered all zeroes for the SSN.

If you are unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or choose not to, you will be required to request a tax return transcript from the IRS. To do this, you can call the IRS at 1-800-908-9946 or go to their website and “Order a Transcript” at www.irs.gov. This method takes 10+ days to receive the document.

For non-tax filers you must provide WIU with a W-2 form for each source of employment income.

If you have reported that you have “0” income, you will be required to fill out a Low Income Form. If the student is Dependent, please fill out the Parent Low Income Form. If the student is Independent, you will need to fill out the Student Low Income Form

Parent Low Income Form
Student Low Income Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why must I request a tax transcript?

A. If an applicant does not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when you complete the FAFSA and the applicant’s FAFSA is selected for verification, the applicant will be required to provide Webber International University with an official tax transcript that the applicant requests and receives directly from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). It is strongly recommended that the applicant use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool located on the FAFSA application when first completing the FAFSA.

Q. Why can’t I just give you my federal income tax return?

A. It is no longer sufficient to provide a photocopy of the federal income tax return. The US Department of Education now requires applicants to provide a copy of their federal income tax returns directly from the IRS to prevent fraud.

Q. How do I get a tax transcript from the IRS?

A. Choose from one of the methods below for requesting a tax transcript. Please note that if you filed your federal tax return online, it may take up to three weeks from the time that you filed before your tax transcript is available. If you filed a paper tax return (through the mail), please allow six to eight weeks after filing before the tax transcript is available.

Follow the instructions for requesting a transcript.

Q. Where should I have the transcript sent?

A. Tax transcripts will be sent to the home address listed on your tax return if you order your transcript online. Once it arrives at your home, you can fax, email, mail or bring it in physically if you would like.

Fax: (863) 638-1317
Email: Financialaid@webber.edu
Mail: 1201 N. Scenic Hwy
Babson Park, FL 33843
Attention: Financial Aid

Q. What if my address has changed since I filed my tax return?

A. The IRS cannot process your request online if you need transcripts mailed to an address other than the one they have on file for you. You may call 1-800-908-9946 for assistance, or complete and mail Form 4506-T to the IRS. Please note that this may take up to 30 days for processing.

Q. How long will it take for my tax transcript to arrive?

A. According to the IRS, it should take 5 to 10 days for delivery if the request is made online or by telephone.

Q. Is there a fee for a tax transcript?

A. There is no fee for requesting a tax transcript.

Q. What if I filed an amended tax return?

A. Signed copies of both the original tax return and the IRS Form 1040X that were filed with the IRS must be submitted to WIU with the verification worksheet when filing an amended tax return.

Q. What if I am a victim of Identity Theft?

A. When the IRS determines that a tax filer has been, or likely was, a victim of identity theft, it will NOT allow that tax filer to obtain tax information through the use of the IRS DRT or to receive an IRS Tax Return Transcript until the matter has been resolved by the IRS. Therefore, in instances when the tax filer has been the victim of identity theft, the institution may accept for verification purposes a signed copy of the paper IRS income tax return that was filed with the IRS along with a signed copy of an IRS Form 14039 “Identity Theft Affidavit.”

Q. What if I did not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool?

A. If you did not use the IRS DRT, you can go back to the FAFSA application online to use this tool. It will be under the financial information section.

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