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Some student applications are selected by the federal government for mandatory verification of information reported on the FAFSA. (If a student’s application is selected for verification, the student will be required to provide the Financial Assistance Office with information and documentation from the previous tax year. This must match the information on their FAFSA; if not, it must be corrected before aid eligibility can be determined. As part of the verification process, students will be required to submit a Verification Worksheet (Dependent or Independent).

Tax Forms

Any student that is selected for verification will be required to provide tax return information in one of two ways: 1) use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool within FAFSA (preferred method), or 2) submit copies of IRS Tax Return Transcripts with a verification form. The Financial Assistance Office will no longer be able to accept copies of IRS 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ tax returns. Instructions for requesting an IRS Tax Return Transcript can be found at

WNC To Do List

If a student has been chosen for verification or if there is a discrepancy in their records, he/she will be required to submit additional form(s) or document(s) to complete his/her file. Notification will be sent electronically indicating which additional document(s) or form(s) are required. The Financial Assistance Office must have a student’s current e-mail address. Financial aid will not be processed if a student does not receive or respond to the correspondence.