- IRS TAX RETURN TRANSCRIPT: Students (and parents) who are unable to use the retrieval tool will need to submit 2015 Tax Return Transcripts from the IRS once they have filed their 2015 federal taxes.
To receive a transcript, the tax filer (or someone with SSN, date of birth, and address of the tax filer) needs to request the transcript. The preferred method is to view, download, and print the pdf version of your transcript directly from www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript. Otherwise, you can use that same Website to have a copy mailed to you or request one by calling 1-800-908-9946. Be sure to request the IRS Tax Return Transcript, not the IRS Tax Account Transcript.
NOTE: Once you print or receive tax transcripts from IRS, attach them to any required verification worksheet and submit as a package. If you are not requested to complete a verification worksheet, please submit all required tax transcripts together to speed processing at UC.
Of course, you cannot retrieve your data or request a transcript if the IRS does not have your 2015 taxes. Both the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and IRS Tax Return Transcripts require you to have filed your 2015 federal taxes. Your tax information for the online retrieval tool or to request a transcript can take up to 2 weeks from you filing your federal taxes electronically and up to 8 weeks if filed by paper/mail.
If you (or your parents) will not file and are not required to file a 2015 federal income tax return, income information will need to be reported on the verification worksheet. Copies of W-2 forms from any employers should also be attached.
Verifying SNAP Received, Child Support Paid, or Other Resources
Some students will be required to complete unique verification worksheets regarding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, child support paid, or household resources reported on the FAFSA but not on taxes.
- SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps) must have been received in 2014 or 2015 by a person in your household.
- Child support paid must have been paid during 2015 by the student, spouse or parent for a child who is not a part of your household.
- A portion of students will be required to verify the receipt of certain types of untaxed household resources requested on the FAFSA.
Review these unique verification worksheets closely to limit additional documentation being required. In particular, these worksheets have very specific signatory requirements based on your dependency status and information supplied.
Verifying High School Completion
Ultimately all students seeking aid assistance must provide a final transcript to UC showing graduation, GED completion, or home school credentials. UC will not release aid until this requirement is met. The Department, in selecting a student for verification of high school completion, may require UC to collect documentation prior to awarding aid.
In rare cases, a student may be selected for identity verification. It will require presenting yourself to UC personnel at One Stop along with a government-issued photo ID, such as driver's license, other state ID, or passport.
Students who live far from campus can be given a temporary means to complete the identity process but will need to present themselves with ID upon the start of their enrollment. These students as well as distance learning students who never actually take classes on campus will need to contact Student Financial Aid for an alternate means to verify identity.
Processing and Award Offer
Only submit verification documents requested via the "To Do List" on Catalyst's "My Financials" tab.
The Student Financial Aid Office will review all submitted items for verification. Assuming all conditions are met, you will then be cleared for complete financial aid awarding.