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Financial Aid Requirements

federal verification

The U.S. Department of Education selects certain FAFSA filers for additional documentation and the Federal Verification review process.

Students and Parents should read the comment section of the Student Aid Report (SAR) sent to them after filing the FAFSA to find out if there are outstanding financial aid requirements, questions or a Federal Verification selection.

During Federal Verification, our office is required to ensure that the information reported on the FAFSA is accurate. If necessary, we will update your FAFSA application and send it to the Department of Education for processing. If your application has been selected for Federal Verification, both the Department of Education and our office will notify you with instructions on how to proceed.

We cannot finalize an incoming, new student's financial aid offer until Verification is complete and we cannot process a financial aid offer for a returning student until Verification is complete, therefore we storngly encourage timely submission of all requested documentation. 

If selected to complete additional documentation or for Federal Verification, you will have a requirement on the SFS Channel of the Costs and Aid tab of the TUPortal.

  • Click on the requirement and log into the SFS Dashboard, You will be prompted to verify your identity the first time you log in. After that, your TUPortal sign on will grant you access. Google Chrome is the recommended browser for using the Dashboard.

Students selected for Federal Verification must submit the requested documentation for review. We will notify students by email who have outstanding requirements on their TUPortal. Your federal and need-based institutional aid may be canceled if not submitted by the deadline specified in the emails. Any errors or discrepancies on the FAFSA will be corrected as a result of the Verification process. Any corrections to the FAFSA may result in a change to your Expected Family Contribution, which can may result in an adjustment to your eligibility. Students will be notified via email of any changes made to the FAFSA or their aid eligibility via email alerting them of a Revised Financial Aid award.

Once you are logged into the Dashboard, the Financial Aid requirements will be on the front page for you to complete. There will be links to upload any requested documents. Please do not email or fax documents to our office. The Dashboard is the most secure and fastest way to submit your documentation to our office. Examples of what may be requested are below:

  • Completed Dependent/Independent Verification Form
  • Official IRS Tax Return Transcript for the Student
  • Official IRS Tax Return Transcript for the Parent(s)
  • If your parents are married but file separately, then an Official IRS Tax Return Transcript for each parent may be requested
  • W2s may be requested for students or parents
  • IRS Confirmation of Non-Filing for Parent(s)
  • Proof of Identity
  • Proof of High School Completion Status
  • Statement of Educational Purpose (provided by the Dashboard)

You can order an Official IRS Tax Return Transcript online or by calling 1-800-908-9946. We can only accept the IRS Tax Return Transcript, or, if the transcript cannot be obtained, a signed copy of your tax return.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the IRS Tax Return Transcript is only available via online request at If you are having difficulty obtaining the Tax Return Transcript, you can provide the full and completed 1040 tax form that was filed with the IRS. This form must be signed by the tax filer or the tax preparer. The Department of Education has not provided any guidance regarding the submission of unsigned tax returns, and so the forms must be signed in ink by the tax filer, or have the tax preparer's name, address, and EIN or PTIN.

If you are unable to request the IRS Verification of Non-Filing Letter, please provide a written statement with an ink signature to confirm the following information:

  • Your attempts to obtain the official letter and the outcome of those attempts
  • Any income earned during 2018
  • Whether or not you filed taxes 2018.

Documents submitted through the Dashboard are put under review. Students will be notified via email or text message if additional documentation is requested, or when the Verification is completed. 

Regarding the Statement of Educational Purpose: The Statement of Educational Purpose must either be signed by a financial aid advisor or a notary who can verify your identity, and it must be uploaded to the Dashboard with a clear copy of a government-issued photo ID. While our office is working remotely during the COVID-19 restrictions, we cannot sign the Statement of Educational Purpose. Please seek out a notary to sign the form, then use TUSafeSend to email the form and a clear copy of your ID to Please do not email the form as an attachment to a regular email, as we cannot accept attachments.. TUSafeSend it the best way to send the form to our office.

For Parents: Dependent Students will need a parent to electronically sign the Verification form. Only the parent(s) included on the FAFSA can create a Parent Account to log into the Dashboard. Students should send the e-signature request to the parent who has an account.

The first time a parent logs in, (s)he will be emailed a link to verify his/her email address, and (s)he will have twelve (12) hours to verify the email. If the email is not verified, then the account will be locked. Please email to have the account unlocked.

Dashboard Troubleshooting Information is available here.