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Eligibility Verification

The Department of Education requires Drexel to review selected FAFSAs to ensure the accuracy of the information reported. This process is called Federal Verification. If you are selected to be verified, Drexel Central will notify you via e-mail and request you submit documentation in order to complete this review. Your federal and institutional need-based aid is not considered finalized and will not pay to your account until the process is finalized.

You are required to and submit documentation requested by Drexel Central if you are selected for verification. If you do not submit the requested documentation by the deadline specified in your notification, than your federal and institutional need-based financial aid for the academic year will be canceled. You will need to contact Drexel Central at that time to determine if you can still submit your documentation and have your aid reinstated.

Any errors or discrepancies Drexel discovers on your FAFSA during verification will be corrected. Corrections to your FAFSA information may result in changes to your EFC and aid eligibility. Drexel Central will notify you via e-mail if any changes are made your FAFSA, EFC and/or aid eligibility as a result of the verification process.

If you are selected for verification, you will need to submit the following initial documentation to Drexel Central:

  • Completed Verification Worksheet (Aid year specific)
  • An Official IRS Tax Return Transcript of your tax return for the tax year the FAFSA is based on
  • An Official IRS Tax Return Transcript of your parent's tax return for the tax year the FAFSA is based on (if you are a dependent student)
  • An Official IRS Tax Return Transcript of your spouse's tax return for the tax year the FAFSA is based on (if you are married and filed separately)

Additional information may be requested from you after Drexel Central reviews your submission. You can view the status of all requested information via your Drexel One or Discover Drexel Accounts.

You can order an official IRS Tax Return Transcript at directly from the IRS web site or by calling 1-800-908-9946. Please note that Drexel Central cannot accept or use a copy of actual tax returns or an official IRS Tax Account Transcript for the verification process.

If you successfully used the IRS Data Retrieval Download Tool when filing your FAFSA, you do not need to submit a Tax Return Transcript for verification. If you would like to update your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Download Tool after you have been selected for verification, you may do so at the FAFSA web site.