Approximately 30% of all FAFSA applications will be selected by the US Department of Education for a process called verification. To be eligible to receive most forms of financial aid, applicants selected must verify the information provided on the FAFSA. If your application is chosen for verification, we will notify you of the additional paperwork which must be completed. Verification must be completed before your financial aid can be finalized and before any aid can be applied to your student tuition account.

Please note: The IRS Data Retrieval Process is currently unavailable. Please refer to instructions below regarding a tax return transcript for verification of 2015 income.

Most applicants selected for verification are required to complete the Suffolk University Verification Worksheet. In addition, tax filers (student and parent, if applicable) must verify their taxable income. The best way to do so is with the IRS Data Retrieval Process which is part of the FAFSA.  Students should go to and login to their FAFSA. Next, choose “Make FAFSA Corrections” and navigate to the Financial Information section. Follow the instructions to determine if the student/parent(s) are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer IRS income tax information into the student’s FAFSA.

Please note: It can take up to two weeks for IRS income tax information to be available for the data retrieval process if the tax return was filed electronically. For paper return filers, there can be a delay of up to eight weeks.

If you are unable to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval tool on the FAFSA,, you must request a copy of your IRS tax return transcript. Please be sure to request the TAX RETURN transcript as we are unable to use the tax account transcript for verification purposes.

In addition, please keep in mind dependent students must verify tax information for both the parent(s) and the student if tax returns were filed.

Please DO NOT submit copies of federal tax returns to the Office of Student Financial Services. Our office is prohibited from accepting copies of tax returns, except in limited circumstances and only when specifically requested by your financial aid counselor.

If a student or parent did not file a federal tax return, you must submit verification of non-filing status. This can be done by requesting a "Verfication of Non-filing Letter" from the IRS attesting that you did not file a 2015 IRS income tax return online at

In some situations, students will be asked to submit additional verification materials. Please be sure to complete any requested documentation.

Students will receive two notices requesting the required verification documentation. Failure to submit the requested information will result in the loss of financial aid eligibility. In addition, documentation must be received while the student is still enrolled in the term for which he/she is applying for aid. Documentation received after this time will be processed on a case by case basis and eligibility for financial aid funding cannot be guaranteed.