Verification

MSU is required to verify the data you supplied on your FAFSA (Federal Application for Federal Student Aid) in cases where your application is selected for verification, typically through random selection by the federal government.

If we need to verify your application, we will contact you by mail or email and StuInfo will also explain what additional information is needed.

It is important to note that you should not send us documents unless we have specifically requested them. Unsolicited documentation may cause a delay in the processing of your financial aid.

Documentation that we request

The following information will be requested if you are selected for verification (Guide)

  1. Verification Form
  2. Tax Information There are options as to how you can provide your IRS Tax Information:

    For Tax Filers

    • Option 1: Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA

      Log into fafsa.gov and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. This will automatically transfer income information from the IRS to the FAFSA. It will also send a message to MSU informing us that you have used the tool and that the information is accurate so there is no need to order the paper transcript!

    • Option 2: Order a Tax Transcript from the IRS

      For instructions on how to order an IRS Tax Transcript, visit www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript. Please note that you will need to select "Tax Return Transcript". Do not request the "Tax Account Transcript".

    For Non-Tax Filers

    • Option 1: Order a Verification of Non-Filing Letter

      This option is required for students or parents who did not and will not file a tax return for 2015. For instructions on how to order a Verification of Non-Filing Letter, visit www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript and click on "Get Transcript Online" or "Get Transcript By Mail" and select "Verification of Non-Filing Letter" once the option is available.

Your aid is preliminary until our review is complete

Preliminary awards are estimates based upon the data we received from you on the FAFSA and are designed to give you the best available data at the time to assist you in budgeting for the school year.

We will review your FAFSA data once you have sent us all of the requested documentation. If necessary, we will correct your FAFSA and recalculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Your financial aid may change as a result of this review. If aid has already been paid to you, it may be billed back. If your aid changes, we will notify you via an email to your MSU account.

Avoid verification by submitting an error-free FAFSA

See our FAFSA filing tips for more information.