The verification process requires you to confirm the data you reported on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In most cases, students are selected at random by the Department of Education for verification. The University reserves the right to select a record for verification if documentation does not appear to be accurate. If you are selected for verification, you will need to submit all required documentation before any Title IV aid can be disbursed to your account.
Eligibility for need-based awards is determined based on financial and other family information submitted by you. This information is used to calculate an expected family contribution (EFC) on your FAFSA.
In applying for and receiving need-based aid, you agree to provide any additional financial and other pertinent information to document your eligibility to this office, if requested by an authorized University official. The University reserves the right to request and review this additional information and, if necessary, to reduce or cancel awards made based on updated or corrected financial and other information. You are responsible for the accuracy of all data submitted on your FAFSA copies of federal tax transcripts, and other relevant documents.
Each year the U.S. Department of Education selects a percentage of students who complete the FAFSA to have their financial information verified. If you and your family are selected for verification, you will need to submit the some or all of the following — Please refer to the Missing Information Letter you received or to your “To Do List” in the Student Center of My Pitt:
- Complete a Verification Worksheet.
- A complete copy of student and parent (dependent students) IRS Tax Return Transcript. You can download and print the Tax Return Transcript immediately, or request the transcript be mailed to the address on record. You may also request a transcript be mailed to you by calling 1-800-908-9946. Be sure to request a “Return Transcript”.
- As an alternative to submitting a Tax Return Transcript, FAFSA filers have the option to update the original FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT). The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows students and parents to access the IRS tax return information needed to complete/update the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and transfer the data directly into their FAFSA from the IRS Web site, thus eliminating the need to submit Tax Return Transcripts.
- All student W-2’s received for the appropriate tax year.
- All parent W-2’s received for the appropriate tax year.
- Provide documentation from the agency that issued SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits.
- Documentation of Child Support Paid.
- Documentation of High School Completion Status. Please see the linked document for information concerning acceptable documentation.
- Identity and Statement of Educational Purpose. Complete with notary or in person at the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.
If our office does not receive these documents, you will experience delays in receiving your financial aid. If inconsistencies or errors are found, our office will make the necessary corrections to the FAFSA before finalizing your aid package.