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University of Nebraska Medical Center

Verification

Federal regulation requires all higher learning institutions awarding federal financial aid to complete verification on a select number of their FAFSA applicants. The U.S. Department of Education and UNMC are responsible for selecting students to complete this process.

Students selected for verification must provide the supporting documentation listed on their MyRecords To Do List. The documentation will be compared to information submitted on the student's FAFSA. Corrections made to the FAFSA by the financial aid staff will be re-submitted to the Department of Education for re-processing/correction.

Only students notified of the request for verification documents are required to submit the documentation listed on the MyRecords Financial Aid To Do List. For the 2022-2023 FAFSAs, all income and tax documents submitted must be for the 2020 tax year.

Per federal regulation, the Office of Financial Aid cannot and will not accept 2021 income/tax information for the verification process. If received, documents from 2021 will be destroyed. The required 2020 income and tax documents will remain on your MyRecords To Do List until the correct documentation is received.

Verification Process

Documentation Requirements

Typical verification items requested for the Federal Verification process include: W2 forms; 2020 IRS Federal Tax Return Transcript, Student and/or Parent Verification Worksheets, child support documentation, and/or proof of citizenship/eligible non-citizenship.

Verification - FAQs

What is federal verification and why was I selected to be verified?

The Department of Education analyzes the submitted FAFSA data against a series of data edits. If the FAFSA data fails one or more of these edits, the FAFSA may be selected for federal verification. Additionally, in our review of FAFSA data, the Office of Financial Aid may find discrepancies in FAFSA data that require our office to select the FAFSA record for verification.

Students selected for federal verification are notified of required documentation to verify the FAFSA data. Until the verification process is complete, the student cannot be awarded federal, state, and institutional financial aid. Students have 60 days, from the time of notification, to submit the requested verification documents. The verification process cannot be waived.

What documents will be required to complete my verification process?

The Office of Financial Aid will send an email to your UNMC email address. The email communication will provide you with guidance on how to access your verification requirements on your MyRecords To Do List.

If you did not file taxes for the prior-prior year, you will need to obtain an IRS Verification of Non-Filing letter. You may be requested to obtain a copy of your tax transcript. You can do so by filing this form with the IRS.

How can I submit my verification documents to the Office of Financial Aid?

Walk-in
The financial aid office is located on the second floor of Williams Science Hall.

Email
Completed documents can be scanned and emailed to the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@unmc.edu. cell phone photos of documents are not acceptable.

Fax
You can fax completed documents to 402-559-6796

Mail
University of Nebraska Medical Center
984265 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4265

I am required to provide Parent Verification documents to the Office of Financial Aid, but my parents do not have computer access to complete online forms. Can I complete the forms for them?
No, parent verification documents must be completed and SIGNED by the parent. The form can be sent by mail or fax.
What if I can't complete the verification process within the required 60 days?
The Office of Financial Aid will extend the 60-day deadline if a student or parent has filed an extension or amendment with the government for documents that are being requested; for example, requesting an extension for filing taxes. Documents will still need to be filed to the Office of Financial Aid as soon as possible. A verification deadline extension is granted provided the student/parent notifies the Office of Financial Aid as quickly as possible after the initial notification of verification requirements is received.
I am having problems obtaining my IRS Transcript. What should I do?
You may electronically request your tax transcript through the IRS website. As such, it may take 5-10 business days to receive your transcript from the IRS, so please plan accordingly. If you are still having issues obtaining your tax transcript, we recommend contacting your local IRS office for assistance. Additionally, if you elected to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, a tax transcript may not be required for the Office of Financial Aid to obtain your tax transcript information.