Verification? Here’s some information to
help you through the process.
If your FAFSA has been selected for verification by the
Department of Education or by our office, you must provide additional
information before we can package and/or disburse your federal aid. To complete the requirements for
verification, please login to your NetPartner online financial aid
account. Under the Documents You Need to
Complete tab, click on “Verification Required” and follow the steps below to
create an account and provide any information requested. It is very important that these steps are
completed in a timely manner. We cannot
disburse federal aid and need-based institutional aid to your account until the
verification process is completed. We
are here to assist you in any way we can to complete this process. Contact us at (603) 897-8488, email us at SFS or come to our office for assistance.
Students – to
create your verification account at https://rivier.verifymyfafsa.com, click
on “Create Account” in the lower blue bar.
Enter your email address and choose your username &
Confirm student information:
of birth: mm/dd/yyyy
ID: <enter the last 4 digits of your
social security number>
Number: <enter your cell phone # --
we can send you updates via text>
When you have successfully logged in, click on the blue
bar(s) and follow the instructions to enter the information requested.
– Items that potentially can be requested for verification:
– be sure to include all members living in the household, whether they are
attending college or not. Parent 1
should match Parent 1 on the FAFSA, etc.
Student Taxes &
Parent Taxes – including filing status and choice of whether you have used
or plan to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) in your FAFSA or Request a Tax Return Transcript(s). Part of
the verification process is to compare what you entered on your FAFSA matches what
you listed on your taxes. We highly
encourage you to use the IRS DRT in your FAFSA if at all possible as this is
the quickest way to retrieve and send us the information. More information on using the IRS DRT can be
found here. Please note however
you answer this question on the household form must match what you actually do.
Review & Sign
– you can choose to electronically sign the verification worksheet (using the
password you used when you created the verification account) or you can opt out
of e-sign, download the form and sign it.
For dependent students, if you choose to e-sign, you must request a
parent to e-sign the form as well. This
will show up on your list of tasks after you e-sign. When you click on Request Parent E-Sign, you
will choose which parent to send the e-sign request to and enter their email
address. Your parent will receive an
email with a link to follow to create their parent account. The parent must provide identifying
information that matches what is on the FAFSA in order to successfully create
their account. Once they are logged in,
they will review and e-sign the verification worksheet using the password they
used to create their account.
Statement of Educational Purpose
–download and bring this form to our office for us to verify identity; or you
may have it notarized (including official notary seal) and upload it yourself.
Tasks to complete
after signing the household form.
Based on the answers provided in the household form, you may see
additional tasks to complete, including, but not limited to:
Student and/orParent use Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) in FAFSA: login to your FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov; Click on Make a FAFSA
correction; click on the Student and/or Parent Financial Section. As long as you have answered that your taxes
are “Already completed” and your tax filing status is the same as your marital
status on your FAFSA, you will see three questions:
- Did you file a form 1040X
amended tax return?
- Did you file a Puerto Rican or
foreign tax return?
- Did you file your taxes
electronically in the last 3 weeks (or by mail in the last 11 weeks)?
If you have answered “no” to all three questions, you
will see a “Link to the IRS” blue button.
See the instructions at http://www.irsdataretrievaltool.com/irs-data-retrieval-tool-step-by-step-instructions
We do not recommend making any changes to the data that
Be sure to sign and submit your FAFSA after you have
successfully retrieved the prior year tax information.
Upload TaxTranscripts for Student and/or Parent:
To request a tax return transcript, go to www.irs.gov/individuals/get-transcript.
The information entered here must match exactly with what
is on your tax return. Be sure to
request a “return transcript”, not an account transcript. It takes about 5-10 business days to receive
the tax return transcript. You can
either scan/upload to your verification account or you can send to us and we
will upload for you.
Please note that we cannot accept your tax return. It must be an official tax return transcript
provided by the IRS. If you just filed
your taxes, it can take 2-3 weeks if you filed electronically before a tax
transcript is available from the IRS. If
you filed your return via mail, it can take up to 11 weeks before your tax
transcript would be available.
Upload Amended Tax
If you indicated on your FAFSA that you submitted an
amended tax return, then you will see this task on verification. Please scan/upload the signed 1040X form or
you can send to us and we will upload for you.
If you answered this question incorrectly on your FAFSA, then you will
need to log into your FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov,
make a correction to the question “Did you amend your taxes?” to “no”. This question can be found in the student
and/or parent financial section. You
will then need to make some other change in your FAFSA before the system will
allow you to sign/submit. A slight
change in the asset section or using the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to link your
taxes from the IRS would allow you to then sign/submit your FAFSA. You will then need to log back into your
verification account and change the household form Student and/or Parent Tax
section to indicate having used the DRT or providing tax return transcripts. Please note however you answered for Student
and Parent Taxes on the household form must match what you actually do.
If we need to verify income for a non-tax filer or
amended returns, you will likely see this task on your verification
account. Please upload a copy of all
employment W-2s for the tax year used on your FAFSA. If you cannot locate your copies, you must
request them from your employer. You can
also send the copies to us and we will upload for you.
Once all tasks are
completed, be sure to click the blue “Submit” button and then click “Finished”. This will send a notice to our office so that
your financial aid counselor can begin review of your information/uploaded
documents. It can take anywhere from 1-2
weeks for our review to be complete assuming no other information is
required. Please note that during peak
academic year periods, this may take longer.