Verification

Every year, federal regulation requires all post-secondary institutions awarding federal financial aid to complete verification on a select number of their FAFSA applicants. The students are selected by either the US Department of Education or the institution. Students chosen for verification must provide required supporting documentation as well as complete an Institutional Verification Form (IVF). These documents will be compared to what was submitted in the student's FAFSA, and any necessary corrections will be made to the FAFSA by the institution.

Forms

Only students notified of the request for verification documents, through AccessPlus, email, or postal mail, are required to submit the following verification documents. Students should not submit the following documents if they were not notified by Iowa State University of their selection for verification.

Make sure you select the correct document version year
Student Institutional Verification Form Only students notified of the request for verification documents, through AccessPlus, email, or postal mail, are required to submit verification documents.
2014-2015 (.pdf) download view
Parent Institutional Verification Form Only students notified of the request for verification documents, through AccessPlus, email, or postal mail, are required to submit verification documents.
2014-2015 (.pdf) download view

Procedure

PLEASE NOTE:

  • For the 2013-2014 FAFSA, all tax documents submitted should be from 2012
  • For the 2014-2015 FAFSA, all tax documents submitted should be from 2013

Tax Filers

  • U.S Tax Filers

    • Submit a FAFSA correction at www.fafsa.gov -- use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to populate tax information and make no changes to the IRS data provided
    • OR
    • Provide a copy of a Federal Tax Return Transcript. (How to request a Federal Tax Return Transcript)
    • Click here to watch a step-by-step tutorial on the use of the FAFSA - IRS Data Retrieval tool. Video courtesty of University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).
  • Puerto Rico Tax Filers

    Provide a copy of a Puerto Rico Federal 1040 Tax Return – must be signed, by the filer or preparer

Non-Tax Filers

If the student (or student’s spouse) was not required to file taxes under federal regulations, provide:

  • all W-2 forms, and/or
  • earning/income statements (taxed and untaxed, including disability statements, Social Security benefits statements, etc.) and/or
  • a completed Student IVF (see above)
  • Signed Foreign Tax Return (Translated to English)

If the parent was not required to file taxes under federal regulations, provide:

  • all W-2 forms, and/or
  • earning/income statements (taxed and untaxed, including disability statements, Social Security benefits statements, etc.) and/or
  • Tax Account Transcript from the IRS indicating no return is on file for the appropriate tax year (required if W-2’s, and/or earning statements are not available)
  • Signed Foreign Tax Return (Translated to English)

Checklist

  • All information is legible, signed, and fully completed
  • Federal tax documents and/or income statements are from 2012 for the 13-14 FAFSA
  • Both pages of the student and/or parent IVF are fully completed
  • All items in Section E of the IVF have a value entered or indicate N/A (not applicable)

If the forms contain incomplete, missing or non-legible information, there will be a delay of 3-4 weeks in processing the student's financial aid.

Submission of Verification

When completed, the verification documents should be sent to ISU Office of Student Financial Aid in one of the following ways:

  • Mail to:
    Office of Student Financial Aid
    0210 Beardshear Hall
    Ames, IA 50011-2028
  • Fax to:
    (515) 294-3622
  • Deliver to:
    Room 0210 Beardshear Hall

Follow-Up

Check the FAFSA Status page on AccessPlus to confirm receipt of any documentation submitted.

Students and those with third party access can view current document and verification status on AccessPlus under:
  Student tab > Financial Aid > FAFSA Status

During March 1 - July 1, it may take up to 2+ weeks upon receipt of a document(s) for 'Status' to change on AccessPlus.

Courtesy Reminders will be sent to the student on a monthly basis beginning in April if any documents are needed or unable to be processed Check your ISU student email, the email address listed on your FAFSA, or a letter will be sent to your mailing address as provided to ISU or on the FAFSA

Child Support Paid

If it was indicated on the FAFSA that either the student, and/or the student’s parent paid child support, AND you received an email from the Office of Student Financial Aid requesting confirmation of child support paid, complete the Child Support Paid Verification Form for the appropriate year and submit to our office.

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Child Support Paid If it was indicated on the FAFSA that either the student, and/or the student’s parent paid child support, AND you received an email from the Office of Student Financial Aid requesting confirmation of child support paid, complete the Child Support Paid Verification Form for the appropriate year and submit to our office.
2013-2014 (.pdf) download view

Independent due to Support of Child

If it was indicated on the FAFSA (question 50) that the sole reason for claiming independent status is providing majority support for a child, AND you reeived an email from the Office of Student Financial Aid requesting confirmation of majority support provided, complete the FAFSA Independent due to Child Only Form for the appropriate year and submit to our office.

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FAFSA Independent Due To Child Only If it was indicated on the FAFSA (question 50) that the sole reason for claiming independent status is providing majority support for a child, AND you received an email from the Office of Student Financial Aid requesting confirmation of majority support provided, complete this form for the appropriate year and submit to our office.
2014-2015 (.pdf) download view

Independent Appeal Renewal

Only complete the FAFSA using the instructions provided here, if you have been directed to do so by the ISU Office of Student Financial Aid.

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FAFSA Independent Appeal Renewal Instructions for completing the FAFSA for students who have been granted an independent appeal by the Office of Student Financial Aid
2014-2015 (.pdf) download view