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Verification Information

Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) was selected for a review in a process called verification. This is to ensure that the information provided on the FAFSA is accurate. To verify that you provided correct information we will compare your FAFSA with the information on the verification worksheet and any other required documents. If there are differences, your FAFSA information will be corrected and sent to the Department of Education for processing. Federal financial aid cannot be awarded until the verification process is complete. Throughout the verification process, you may be required to submit additional documentation.

You will receive an official notification in your MySSU account from the Financial Aid Office outlining the documents that are needed for the verification process. You may also view your missing documents in your MySSU account. Please be sure to submit the correct verification worksheet. The verification worksheet must be signed by you and, if you are a dependent student, your parent. We cannot accept electronic signatures. Be sure to provide your SSU ID number on all documents submitted to our office.

We are unable to accept copies of your Federal Tax Return (1040/1040A/1040EZ) for verification purposes, unless specifically requested by the Financial Aid Office. In order to verify income information you must do the IRS Data Retrieval through FAFSA on the Web or request a tax return transcript from the IRS. If you did not originally use the IRS Data Retrieval, go to www.fafsa.gov, log in to the student’s FAFSA record, select the “Make FAFSA Corrections” link, and navigate to the Financial Information section of the form. From there, follow the instructions to determine if the student/parent is eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval to transfer the federal IRS income tax information into the student’s FAFSA. Once you use the data retrieval, do not make any changes to the transferred information. If you are unable or choose not to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool, you will be required to provide a tax return transcript from the IRS.

Any of the following methods may be used to obtain your tax return transcript.

  • Obtain tax transcript online immediately: Go to www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript, click the Get Transcript Online box, Click on Create an Account or Sign In (if you have already created an account), Follow steps 1-6

  • Order by phone: Call the IRS at 1-800-908-9946

  • Order online: Go to www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript, click the Get Transcript by Mail box, and follow instructions

  • Order by mail: Complete Form 4509-T (Request for Transcript of Tax Return)

Please be sure to request a Tax Return Transcript (not the tax account transcript). The Federal Tax Return must be filed at least two weeks (if filing electronically) and eight weeks (if filing a paper return) before using the IRS Data Retrieval or requesting a tax return transcript.

Please do not send any documentation to the Financial Aid Office unless requested to do so. This could result in the FAFSA being selected for verification.

Your verification documents may be faxed, emailed or mailed to our office with the exception of the Certification page and Statement of Educational Purpose. These two forms must be mailed or brought in person as we need original signatures.

Email: fin_aid@shawnee.edu – scan the documents, save as a PDF, and send as an email attachment

Fax: (740) 351-3435

Mail: Financial Aid Office, Shawnee State University, 940 Second Street, Portsmouth OH 45662

We cannot make copies of your information in the Student Business Center. Please be sure to have the appropriate copies when submitting documentation.

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