When processing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the U.S. Department of Education will select some of the applications for a process known as “verification.” Certain inconsistencies found when processing the FAFSA may increase the likelihood that the application will be selected for verification.
Some of the FAFSAs submitted are also randomly selected for verification. You might see a note on your Student Aid Report saying you’ve been selected for verification. Texas Southern University will be notified electronically by the U.S. Department of Education when a FAFSA is selected for verification. By federal guidelines, TSU also has the right to select any application where it may detect inconsistencies.
If you’re selected for verification, don’t assume you’re being accused of doing anything wrong, but do understand that your information will be reviewed. If the initial review does not resolve the inconsistent information, you may be asked to supply additional or more detailed information. TSU must resolve any inconsistent information prior to the disbursement of aid.
Completing the Verification Process
Prior to logging into StudentForms you will authenticate your identity to ensure your information match the FAFSA application. Students who are required to provide parental information on the FAFSA are required to have one parent also authenticate and create an account with StudentForms. This parent will be required to e-sign or provide an ink signature once all documentation has been submitted.
- Confirm your identity (authentication).
- Both parent and student will need to create a secure username and password.
- The information that you used on your FAFSA needs to be the same information that you use to create your account. If you use a different name or other personal information than what is in your FAFSA you will be shown error code 1010.
- You need to create your account before your parent does.
- Your parents password is also their E-sign (pin)
- Don’t forget that once your parent signs the requested documents, you will need to go back in and complete all required steps.
Upon receipt of all required documents, we will begin the verification process. Students will be notified if there are any questions or if any additional documentation is required via email, text or notification within the portal. Once verification has been completed, the student will be notified and awarded.
Please note that the verification process must be completed prior to receiving an award package from TSU. Failure to provide the requested documents could result in the delay or denial of financial aid.
During the verification process, students are generally required to verify data elements included on the FAFSA. For additional
If you are chosen for Verification the information must be submitted through the StudentForms student portal before your financial aid package can be awarded.
You may return to your Free Application for Federal Student Aid and use the Internal Revenue Service Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT). By doing so, you may reduce the number of additional items TSU is required to collect during the verification process. The IRS DRT is available on the FAFSA application for eligible individuals. (You’ll need an FSA ID to use the tool).
Here’s how the IRS DRT process works, assuming your tax information is available:
- The IRS DRT takes you to the IRS website, where you’ll need to provide your name and other information exactly as you provided it on your tax return. Some information will be prepopulated from your FAFSA form.
- At the IRS site, you’ll see a page that indicates that your tax information is available. You can choose to import your information into the FAFSA form, or you can cancel your request and return to the FAFSA site.
- If you choose to import your information into the FAFSA form, you’ll find that on the FAFSA site, instead of your tax information being displayed, you’ll see “Transferred from the IRS” in the appropriate fields. You won’t be able to make changes to those answers.