OFFICE OF FINANCIAL AID
1501 Lakeside Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24501‐3113
Phone: (434) 544‐8228
Fax: (434) 544‐8653
Your application was selected by the Department of Education for a process called Verification. In this process, we will be comparing
information from the 2020‐ 2021 FAFSA with your 2018 federal tax information. Any corrections that need to be made to the FAFSA will be
done electronically by our office. If any corrections are made to the original FAFSA data you will receive an updated Student Aid Report (SAR)
from the Department of Education. New students will not receive a disbursement and continuing students will not receive a financial aid
award until verification is complete. This also includes those who have requested an Extension of Time to File U.S. Income Tax Return.
What Happens After I Submit My Information? Once you begin submitting documentation, the Office of Financial Aid will:
Review the documents to be sure they are complete.
If the documents are incomplete (missing signatures, questions are left blank, etc.) or raise additional questions for which we need
clarification, we will request that the documents be resubmitted or request additional documentation.
NOTE: Requests for missing information will show up on your FA Online Account. Incomplete documents will not be processed.
Once all documents are complete, the Financial Aid office will review the information and compare it with the information reported
on the FAFSA.
Required Tax and Income Information:
If you filed taxes in 2018 but did not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing your FAFSA you have two options:
a. Log back into your FAFSA and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to update your tax information or
b. Submit a signed copy of your 2018 tax return form, or order a 2018 Tax Return Transcript from the IRS.
If you filed taxes in 2018 but were not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you MUST submit a signed copy of your
2018 tax return, or request a 2018 Tax Return Transcript from the IRS.
If you filed an amended tax return in 2018, please provide our office with a signed copy of the original IRS Tax Return and IRS
Form 1040X (Amended Tax Return).
If your parent(s) did not file taxes in 2018, you must provide our office with a Verification of Non‐Filing Letter from the IRS.
If your parent(s) had no W2s for 2018, you will need to submit a Parent Supplemental Income Form
How to Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool:
Go to https://fafsa.ed.gov/ and click the “Login” button on the right side of the screen
Enter your information and click the “Next”
button, then select
“Make Corrections to a Processed FAFSA”
Click on the “Financial Information” tab
Answer “Already Completed” to the question “Have your parents already filed their IRS income tax return,” then by checking “None
of the above” if that is accurate to the next question about the filing status. If you cannot accurately check “None of the above,” you
will need to submit an IRS Tax Return Transcript instead of using the Data Retrieval Tool. (See instructions below)
Click on the “Link to IRS” button (You will be told that you are leaving the FAFSA webpage)
Enter the information asked by the IRS page and then select the check box and click “Transfer Now”
How to Obtain a Tax Return Transcript or IRS Verification of Non-Filing Letter
A Tax Return Transcript is different
than a 1040, 1040A/EZ form that you submit to the IRS. A Tax Return Transcript shows what
the IRS processed for your taxes for 2018. We can accept signed income
tax returns, but if you cannot provide a copy of your
2018 tax return then a 2018 Tax Return Transcripts must be requested from the IRS.
Be sure to request a Tax Return Transcript, NOT an Account Transcript.
A Verification of Non-Filing Letter is a letter from the IRS confirming that they have no taxes for you for the 2018 tax year. If
you did not file taxes as a parent or an independent student you must provide a Confirmation of Non-Filing Letter from the IRS.
Do not have any transcript sent directly to the Financial Aid Office.
To request a copy online, go to www.irs.gov and follow these steps:
On the main page under Tools, click “Get your Tax Record”
Click “Get Transcript Online” or “Get Transcript by Mail”
Click “Get Started” and enter your information (You will not see this prompt if requesting by mail; fill out all fields)
If ordering through the mail, enter the address you filed taxes under for 2018 and submit your request
If downloading online, check the email account that you entered for the Confirmation Code (Do not close the IRS page)
Enter the Confirmation Code on the IRS page and click “Verify Email Confirmation Code”
Enter the Information on the next two pages
Click on t
he year transcript that you wish to print (2018). Your transcript will open in a new window where you
can print it.
ephone Request: Automated 1‐800‐908‐9946