Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Student Financial Services

Federal Verification Instructions

Federal Verification

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 may 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

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) may need to submit a either a signed and dated copy of their 2015 Federal Income return, or a 2015 IRS Tax Return Transcript. The documents should be submitted to Wheaton's Office of Student Financial Services.  If a family submitted either document as part of their 2016-2017 application for financial aid at Wheaton College, they do not need to resubmit the document again.

Important notice for families who filed their FAFSA and were able to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Process: You will not be required to submit a signed and dated copy of your 2015 Federal Income Tax Return or a Tax Return Transcript if you were able to successfully download your 2015 tax data onto your 2017-2018 FAFSA and you did not make any changed to the data once it was downloaded.

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 will need to complete a verification worksheet and provide a copies of their 2015 W-2 form(s) if they were not submitted as part of their 2016-2017 financial aid application.

An IRS Tax Return 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

Special Circumstances

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 if they have not submitted this information in the prior academic year.

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.

It is important to submit any additional requested documents as soon as possible so as not to delay your financial aid application.

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