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Verification Forms

The Department of Education selects certain FAFSA filers for a review process called Verification. During this process, our office is required to ensure that the information reported on the FAFSA is accurate. If necessary, we will update your FAFSA application and send it to the Department of Education for processing.

If your application has been selected, both the Department of Education and our office will notify you with instructions on how to proceed. We cannot process your financial aid award until Verification is complete.

Only submit the Verification documents listed below if your To-Do list in CAESAR specifically requests them. Not all documents are required from each student selected. Your To-Do list in CAESAR will specifically state which documents are required. Students who do not see "Verification Worksheet" on their To-Do list in CAESAR should not submit this form unless it is specifically requested by the Office of Financial Aid. For more information on the federal Verification process, please see our Verification FAQs.

2016-17 Verification Documents

2015-16 Verification Documents

Requesting Federal Tax Transcripts from the IRS or updating your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool

Once you have filed your taxes, we encourage you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to update your FAFSA. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is available to students who file a FAFSA online. It allows students (and families) to transfer certain income information from the IRS directly to the FAFSA. If you are selected for verification, you may be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to update your information on your FAFSA. If you use this tool to update your FAFSA, and make no changes to the data once it has been imported from the IRS, we will not need a copy of your IRS Transcript. More information about the IRS Data Retrieval Tool can be found on the FAFSA website.

Effective in the 2012-13 academic year, Northwestern University is no longer able to accept copies of the federal 1040 form in place of the Federal Tax Transcript issued by the IRS. Tax filers who are selected for verification and are required to submit their tax transcript may request a copy of their federal transcript from the IRS, free of charge, in one of three ways:

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