Financial aid verification

Verification is a requirement set forth by the federal government that obliges colleges and universities to verify the data reported by students and their parent(s) on the FAFSA. Approximately thirty percent of students who submit a FAFSA will be federally selected for verification. If a student is selected, the institution is responsible for collecting all data required by the U.S. Department of Education. Any student who submits a FAFSA or the Institutional Methodology for Non-FAFSA Eligible Students form may be selected for verification.

If you did not submit a FAFSA and were selected by completing an Institutional Methodology for Non-FAFSA Eligible Students form, your selection was institutionally determined. Data collected does not get reported to the Department of Education.

Verification FAQ

  • Do I have to submit verification items if selected?

    If you are selected for verification, you must submit required documentation to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships in order to receive federal or need-based aid. If you are selected after receiving any federal or need-based aid, you will have to pay back the aid if you do not submit the required documentation.  

  • Does verification impact my original application submission date?

    No, the date that you originally submitted your application will be the date used for determining aid eligibility.

  • How long does the verification process take?

    Generally, the verification process takes 2-6 weeks, depending on peak processing time. Incomplete files cannot be verified, so the verification process will not begin until all required items have been received.  

  • Where can I see if I was selected for verification?

    Your 'To Do List' on your MyNEVADA account will be updated with verification items if you are selected. In addition, email communications will be sent to the email address listed on your MyNEVADA account.  

  • How do I locate the verification worksheet listed on my MyNevada ‘To Do List’?

    The verification worksheet can be found on the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships forms page. Please be sure to complete the correct form that corresponds with the item on your MyNEVADA 'To Do List'.

  • What if I have a family member also attending the University?

    If one family member is selected for verification, then it is likely other family members will be selected for verification as well.

  • Do I need to submit verification each year?

    Verification selection is done on a year-by-year basis. Please do not submit verification documentation unless prompted to do so.

  • How do I submit tax data?

    Submit a Tax Return Transcript and copies of all W-2s to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. If you do not have copies of all W-2s, you may instead submit a Wage and Income Transcript. Tax Return Transcripts and Wage and Income Transcripts can be requested from the IRS via:

    1. IRS.gov
    2. Call the IRS at 1-800-908-9946
    3. Complete and submit IRS Form 4506-T
  • What if I did not file taxes?

    Individuals who did not file taxes will need to submit a verification of non-filing letter issued by the IRS. You can request a verification of non-filing letter by submitting IRS Form 4506-T to the IRS office.  

  • How do I complete IRS Form 4506-T?

    Please follow the steps to request a Tax Return Transcript (Tax Filers) or a Verification of Non-Filing Letter (Non-Tax Filers) from the IRS.

    Tax filers

    • Section 1a: Full name
    • Section 1b: Social Security Number
    • *Section 2a: Full name
    • Section 2b: Social Security Number
    • Section 3: Current mailing address
    • Section 4: Mailing Address on tax return
    • Section 6: Write 1040, 1040a, or 1040EZ on blank provided
    • Section 6a: Check box for Return Transcript
    • *Section 8: Check box for W-2 Transcript (maybe be submitted in place of W-2s)
    • Section 9: End date 12/31/(year requested on To Do List)

    Check that you have read the attestation clause. Sign, date, include phone number.

    Fax To: (559) 456-7227

    *Spouse signature and date required for joint filers.

    Non-tax filers

    • Section 1a: Full name
    • Section 1b: Social Security Number
    • Section 3: Current mailing address
    • Section 7: Check Verification of Nonfiling
    • Section 9: End date 12/31/(year requested on To Do List)

    Check that you have read the attestation clause. Sign, date, include phone number.  

    Fax To: (801) 620-6922

    If you have trouble completing IRS Form 4506-T, please stop by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships located on the 3rd floor of the Fitzgerald Student Services Building or call us at (775) 784-4666.