*Please Note: Not all students will be required to complete this step. Please view your outstanding requirements via MyNova to determine if you have been selected for the federal verification process.
When a student completes the FAFSA, the United States Department of Education via the Central Processor may select the student for a process called verification. Verification is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Education and is the process of confirming the data submitted on the FAFSA for consideration of the various Federal Title IV Funds, including the Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, and Federal Direct Loans.
If you are selected for the verification process, you will need to complete additional requirements such as the Verification Worksheet and provide your actual tax data on the FAFSA through the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or by submitting an IRS Tax Return Transcript. A student will see the requirements listed on their MyNova account if they have been selected for this process.
The US Department of Education has recently enhanced the FAFSA filing process to allow you and your parents to retrieve tax data from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS Data Retrieval Tool will allow you and your parents to upload your filed 2014 federal tax return data directly to your FAFSA. We strongly encourage you to use this tool during the initial filing or when submitting corrections to your 2015-2016 FAFSA.
**Please Note: The FAFSA on the Web IRS Data Retrieval Tool or a 2014 IRS Tax Return Transcript is required in order to have files verified and aid credited to the student's account. Some families may not be able to complete this process right now, which we understand, but it MUST be completed once available. To view the Department of Education's Notice of Availability of 2013 IRS Information for the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and for Requesting IRS Tax Return Transcripts please click here. Please note: the IRS has not yet made available the notice of availability for 2014.
You and your parents are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the www.fafsa.gov website if you:
You and your parents are not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool if:
Please note that signed copies of your 2014 federal tax returns, along with all schedules and W-2 forms, must still be submitted directly to IDOC (linked) as part of Villanova’s financial aid application process.
1. Visit www.fafsa.gov and click “Login”, enter the student's personal information, then click on “Make FAFSA Corrections”. Once in the FAFSA, navigate to the "Financial Information" tab, where the option to use the tool will display for eligible students and parents. Make sure that you have corrected your filing status from "Will File" to "Already Completed" to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
2. You must ensure that the name and address of the FIRST PERSON LISTED on a joint tax return is the same on the FAFSA as it shows on the tax return. When inputting your information on the IRS' website, you must enter your name and address EXACTLY as it appears on your tax return, including all punctuations, abbreviations, and spacing.
3. When you have finished completing the IRS Data Retrieval Tool process, please be sure to resign the FAFSA with your four-digit FAFSA PIN number. The IRS Data Retrieval process will remain incomplete without this important final step being completed. In addition, you must NOT change any information that was transferred from the IRS otherwise the FAFSA will be considered invalid and consequently you will then be required to submit your 2014 Tax Return Transcripts from the IRS to our office.
If you and/or your parents are not eligible or choose not to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when updating your FAFSA, the US Department of Education requires our office to collect a certified tax return transcript processed by the IRS. Please note that parents who are married but filing separately must submit 2 separate IRS tax return transcripts. Transcripts are not required for those filing a foreign or Puerto Rican tax return. If you have an Amended Tax Return, you will just need to submit a signed copy of the 1040X.
There are three ways to request your tax return transcript: by phone, online, or by mail. Please make sure you request a Tax Return Transcript. Do not request a Tax Account Transcript or Record of Account because they cannot be used for financial aid verification purposes. Please be advised that our office cannot verify your financial aid award without a tax return transcript or the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
To obtain a tax return transcript online please follow these steps:
To obtain a tax return transcript by phone please follow these steps:
To obtain a tax return transcript by mail please follow these steps:
Click on each link to proceed to the next step in the application process.