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What is Verification?

Verification is the process used by the U.S. Department of Education and Boise State to confirm the accuracy of the information you provide on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). If selected, you will need to complete the verification process in order to receive federal aid.

2017-2018 Update

Due to nationwide FAFSA changes, you can use 2015 income information for two aid years: 2016-17 and 2017-18. Make note of the correct year when providing tax documents or forms.

Why am I selected for verification?

About 30% of federal aid applicants are selected for verification to ensure they are correct, as required by the U.S. Department of Education. Often, verification selection is the result of errors or oversights on information reported or significant financial changes from year to year.

Our verification team compares your FAFSA with financial documents and other forms you submit so that we can ensure you receive the correct amount of aid. If you are selected for verification at Boise State, you will be notified via  BroncoMail and My.BoiseState “To Do” items. It is important to respond quickly.

If you are selected for verification, you are ineligible to receive federal financial aid until the verification process is complete. Federal financial aid includes the Pell Grant, Direct Loans (subsidized, unsubsidized, and PLUS), Perkins Loans, the SEOG Grant and work-study.

What do I need to do if I'm selected for verification?

  1. Login to My.BoiseState to review your “To Do” items.
  2. Click the hyperlinked title to see the specific instructions for your To Do item.
  3. If a form is needed, click the link to view, complete, and print the form. Be as detailed as possible on your form. Forms are also available here.
  4. If you or your parents need to complete the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT), here are the instructions.
  5. Only submit the forms or documents that are requested.
  6. Only make corrections to your FAFSA if directed to do so. If changes need to be made, we typically make them on your behalf after review of your documentation.
  7. Check your BroncoMail and My.BoiseState “To Do” list regularly for additional requests for information or clarification.

How do I submit my verification documents?

First, double check:

  • Is your form complete?
  • Did you include all documents requested?
  • Is it signed by you and/or your parents or spouse (if applicable) with a handwritten signature?
  • Is it for the correct aid year?
    • 2017-2018 Year: fall 2017, spring 2018, summer 2018
    • 2016-2017 Year: fall 2016, spring 2017 and summer 2017

Once you’ve checked all of the above, submit your documents to the Financial Aid Office in the Administration Building, Room 113 in any of the following ways:

  1. In person, so we can review your documents for omissions) to the Financial Aid Office
  2. Scanned and sent via email attachment to (photographs of documents are unacceptable due to quality reasons).
  3. Faxed to (208) 426-1305. Include your name and student ID number at the top.
  4. Postal Mail is the least desirable method due to delays and risk of lost documents.

What is the deadline for submitting my verification items?

June 1 is the last day for priority applicants (if you are receiving work-study, Perkins loans, or SEOG grant) to submit documents for verification in order to retain priority status for the following fall and spring semesters.

If you submit verification documents after June 1, you will still be evaluated for Pell Grant and Direct Loan eligibility.

Submit your verification items as soon as possible to prevent delays and avoid late fees.

What happens after I submit my documents? How long does verification take?

Once all verification documents are received, we will review your submission. The initial review may take four to six weeks during high volume months of April through September. Complete, accurate submissions can be processed much more quickly than incomplete files, so double check your work.

You will receive one of the following emails when our verification team has reviewed your FAFSA and documents:

  • Verification complete; no changes to FAFSA.
    • Confirm that process is complete
    • Allow 1-2 weeks for your aid to be awarded
  • Verification complete; changes are needed to your FAFSA.
    • You will receive notification from the Financial Aid Office and from that we have made changes to your application.
    • Please allow 3-5 days for your FAFSA to be accepted by the federal processor.
    • Once accepted, anticipate 1-2 additional weeks for your accurate aid to be awarded.
  • Verification incomplete; further information needed.
    • You will receive an email with details of additional required documents or actions needed
    • You will see “To Do” items on your Student Center with new requests
    • Respond quickly to prevent further delays.

Why should I use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool?

As of March 2017, the IRS Data Retrieval Tool is unavailable for use. Please request a Tax Return Transcript if the Data Retrieval Tool is requested by Boise State.

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) transfers your tax information directly into the FAFSA. This highly-recommended tool is available for use by most parents and students who have filed taxes.

Once you have transferred your verified tax information to the FAFSA, make no further changes, then sign and submit the correction, Boise State receives confirmation that the FAFSA income information is “verified”.

Using the IRS DRT is simple and saves the student and family time when submitting the FAFSA. It also means less paperwork to request and submit to our office.

If you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, make sure your “To Do” in your Student Center clears within 2-4 days after you submit your FAFSA. If the IRS Retrieval “To Do” remains on your account, contact us for assistance.

Tips for verification success

  • Details matter – the more information you provide, the less likely we’ll need to request additional information.
  • Submit a Release of Information Form to the Registrar’s Office if your want to give your parents access to discuss your student account with us.
  • Always monitor your To Do items and BroncoMail for specific instructions for your individual situation.
  • If you still see the “To Do” on your account 3-5 days after submitting your documents, contact our office so we can confirm it was received.
  • Include your ID number on all documents sent to our office.
  • Act promptly — it can take several weeks to review your submitted items.  We can’t waive late fees if you submit verification documents late or are waiting for the verification process to be completed.
  • Contact us if you need assistance.