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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

On March 30, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education announced that the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on will be unavailable until additional security protections can be added to the process. Students should plan for the tool to be offline until the start of the next FAFSA season. The online FAFSA application is still available and is operable. Applicants will need to enter their income and tax information manually using their 2015 tax information. If your 2015 tax return information is not easily accessible to you, the Internal Revenue Service has published some helpful information to help you obtain this information in order to complete the FAFSA.

Because the IRS Data Retrieval Tool is not available at this time, if you are selected for verification, you may need to request documentation of your tax information from the IRS directly. Effective 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 four ways. Tax transcripts can be submitted to our office via email, regular mail, or fax. When submitting tax transcripts, please be sure to indicate the student’s name and NU ID number on the top of each page.

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