Office of Student Financial Aid

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Verification is the process in which the Department of Education randomly selects approximately 30% of a school’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application population for review. Verification is used to compare information provided on the student’s FAFSA with Federal tax returns, W2’s, and/or other financial  documents. If a student is selected for verification they will receive  notification  via their ECU email account listing the additional information  required. 

Effective Fall 2012 if a students file is selected for verification, the student and/or parents must provide an IRS Tax Transcript or match income data on the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.


Required Verification Items:

  • Household size (number of people living in your household)
  • Number in college (number of household members attending a post secondary educational institution at least half-time)
  • Adjusted gross income (AGI)
  • Income earned from work
  • Income taxes paid
  • Sources and amount of untaxed income