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Graduate Financial Aid

Applying for Aid

Verification Process

Each academic year, approximately 30% of financial aid applications are selected by the U.S. Department of Education for review. This process of review is known as verification .

What if I'm selected for verification?

If you are selected for verification, we must verify that the information you submitted on your FAFSA is true and correct. We will notify you via email if you have been selected, and we cannot generate a financial aid award for you until the verification process is complete.

However, if you do not wish to apply for work-study, verification is not required. It is also not required if you plan to take part only in the Grad PLUS or unsubsidized loan programs, or if you are certain you will not be attending DU within the academic year. Contact us if you are selected for verification and any of these circumstances apply.

What do I need to submit?

If selected for verification, you will receive an email from our office indicating you (and your spouse, if applicable) must submit one of more of the following items:

Tax return transcripts and W-2s should be from 2016. Not all documents will be required of all students, and you may be able to utilize the IRS data retrieval tool to update your FAFSA instead of submitting a tax return transcript. In addition to reviewing the email sent from our office, you can view outstanding requirements by logging into PioneerWeb.

How do I get a copy of my tax transcript?

Once you have filed your taxes, you can download a copy of your transcript through the IRS website.

  1. Go to
  2. Click on "Get Transcript of Your Tax Records" in the Tools section of the homepage.
  3. Click on "Get Transcript Online" and then "Create an Account" (if you don't have one already).
  4. Continue to follow the instructions to create your profile.
  5. Once you have successfully created your profile, choose the "Higher Education/Student Aid" button, then click on the appropriate tax year in the "Return Transcript" box.
  6. Your transcript will then appear as a PDF that you can save.

Alternatively, you may also call 1-800-908-9946 to request your tax transcript.

When do I need to submit this documentation?

As soon as possible! The sooner requested documents are submitted, the sooner we will be able to generate an award package for you.

The final deadline for verification is the student's last day of attendance during an academic year or June 30 of the academic year, whichever is first. Students submitting documents after the final deadline will not be eligible for financial aid for that year.

A Note About Verification Results

If verification documents reveal inaccuracies in your FAFSA, your application will be corrected electronically by a member of our office. If a correction is made, an email may be sent to the address listed on the FAFSA indicating a change has been made to the file. If incomplete or inadequate verification documents are submitted, you will be notified of discrepancies by email and instructed on how to correct them.

Verification may result in a change to your financial aid award. If so, you will be notified of any changes. You are encouraged to contact us for an explanation of corrections and amended awards.

Should our review of your financial aid application reveal you may have engaged in fraud or other criminal misconduct in connection with your application, we are required to report this information to the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Education for investigation. Examples of such information include (but are not limited to) false claims of independent student status, false claims of citizenship, use of false identities, forgery of signatures or certificates and false statements of income.