Verification is a federally mandated review process in which the Office of Financial Aid verifies the accuracy of information provided by students on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA.)
If there is an asterisk next to the expected family contribution (EFC) on your Student Aid Report (SAR), your application has been selected for verification. NSU may also select a record for verification.
If you are selected for verification, you will receive a Missing Information Notice by email from email@example.com. It will list the documentation you are required to submit.
If you are selected for verification, you may be required to submit documents such as:
|Federal Income Tax Return Year
*To obtain your IRS Return Transcript, you can order it online at irs.gov, contact the IRS at 800-908-9946, visit your local IRS office, or mail a completed Form 4506T-EZ available on the IRS website to the IRS. In lieu of an IRS transcript, institutions may accept a signed copy of tax returns for verification documentation.
The Department of Education uses verification tracking flags to place students selected for verification into different verification tracking groups. Students and/or their parents must verify information based on the tracking group to which they have been assigned.
Log in to Self Service Banner (SSB) or SharkLink to determine what documents you must submit for verification.
(for financial aid applicants new to NSU who have not yet been granted SharkLink access)
(for students with NSU email account)
If you are a victim of identity theft, you must submit the following:
If you filed an amended return, you must submit the following:
If you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to update your submitted FAFSA, the IRS may make changes to your Federal Income Tax Return and report an amendment, even if you did not file an amended Federal Income Tax Return. If this applies to you, you should have received a letter from the IRS indicating what changes were made. You may submit a copy of this letter in lieu of a signed form 1040X to the OSFA. You can also submit a Record of Account transcript to be obtained from irs.gov which should include any updates made to your Federal Income Tax Return by the IRS.
Please Note: Verification must be completed before your need-based financial aid funds can be disbursed. If you have been awarded certain need-based funds, such as SEOG or FSAG, and your verification has not been completed by the end of the registration period, these funds may be subject to forfeit. Your documents must be reviewed and verification completed no later than four weeks prior to the end of your enrollment period for the academic year in which you are applying for aid. Failure to do so may result in ineligibility or cancellation of aid previously offered.
There are two sets of verification forms. Be sure to select the correct one(s) based on your dependency status as defined by your answers to questions on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The questions change a little from one year’s application to the next year’s; for instance, the 2022–23 FAFSA form asks whether you were born before Jan. 1, 1999, while the 2023–24 FAFSA form will ask whether you were born before Jan. 1, 2000.
Review the information below to confirm your status (independent or dependent student) and select only the form(s) you are required to complete from the appropriate section.
A dependent student is a student who does not meet any of the criteria for an independent student.
Verification Forms for
Parent signature required
An independent student is one of the following:
Verification Forms for
(no parent signature required)