Federal Verification Instructions
The Department of Education through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) randomly selects students for the federal verification process each year. The following information details the federal verification process.
The Federal Verification Process
If you are selected for federal verification you will be asked to complete a Federal Verification Worksheet and provide documentation of both student's and parents' income. The Office of Student Financial Services is required to confirm the information that was reported on your FAFSA.
Documentation of Income
Federal regulations state that families can no longer submit a signed copy of the federal income tax return as a sole means to verify income reported on the FAFSA. Please Note: The IRS Data Retrieval process that enables a family to download their tax data from the IRS web site to their student's FAFSA is currently unavailable until further notice. If an applicant is selected for verification, the applicant and parent(s) are required to submit an IRS Tax Return Transcript to Wheaton's Office of Student Financial Services to verify their income. Please make sure you request a Tax Return Transcript as we cannot accept an IRS Tax Account Transcript for the federal verification process.
The Office of Student Financial Services will still require a copy of both parents’ and student’s 2015 federal income tax return(s) and W-2 forms as part of the application process for need-based institutional financial aid.
Important Information for Non Tax Filers: Parents' and students who did not file a federal income tax return in 2015 and whose 2017-2018 FAFSA was selected for verification by the Department of Education must now submit documentation of their non tax filing status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The non tax filer will need to request an IRS tax return transcript from the IRS which will indicate that 2015 taxes were not filed. The transcript can be requested on line at: https://www.irs.gov/individuals/get-transcript. Please forward the documentation received by the IRS to the Office of Student Financial Services once received
Non US Tax Filers
Applicants filing a Puerto Rico tax return or a foreign tax return should send a signed copy of their 2015 tax documents directly to the college.
How to request an IRS Transcript: The online IRS Get Transcript service that enabled tax payers to request and download a copy of their Tax Return Transcript is currently unavailable. To request a copy of your IRS Tax Transcript that will be sent to you by mail go to: http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript. Click on the button "Get Transcript by MAIL" to request a copy of your tax return transcript. Tax payers may also request a copy of their IRS Tax Return Transcript in person at their local IRS Office.
Information for Non Tax Filers
The filers must attest that an IRS 1040 tax return has not and will not be filed and that an IRS 1040 tax return is not required to be filed. Copies of all W-2 forms from all employers must be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Services.
Other Important Information:
The following information is also part of the Federal Verification Process:
Child Support Paid
Applicants who have indicated that child support was paid by the filer during 2015 must confirm the amounts of child support paid, to whom the payments were made, and the names and address of the children receiving the child support.
Receipt of SNAP Benefits
Applicants must verify that they or a member of their parents’ household received benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program at any point during 2014 or 2015.
It is important to submit any additional requested documents as soon as possible so as not to delay your financial aid application.