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Verification

Verification is a process where the University confirms the accuracy of the information you submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Federal Processor or Trinity University can select applications for verification. Being selected does not necessarily mean that you've made mistakes or that we don't trust the information that you've provided. The goal is simply to ensure that we use accurate information to make the best financial aid awarding decisions.

We are required to correct inaccurate information discovered through the verification process with the federal processing center and use the verified information in determining eligibility for financial aid. Corrections to your FAFSA information may cause a change in your eligibility and result in a revision to aid offered prior to verification being completed.

How do I know if I've been selected?

After filing or making corrections to your FAFSA, a Student Aid Report (SAR) is sent to you by the federal processing center. Review your SAR carefully. If the federal processing center selected you for verification, it will be indicated on the report.

If your financial aid offer letter from Trinity indicates that the award is estimated and verification is required, or you receive letters and/or emails asking you to submit verification documents you have been selected for verification. Please open and read all correspondence from us and respond in a timely fashion.

What documentation do I need to submit?

The verification process can be different for each student. Students selected for verification will be notified by Student Financial Services of what is needed to complete the verification process.

If you completed your 2020-21 FAFSA WITH parental information, you MAY need to submit:

  • 2020-21 Dependent Verification Worksheet
  • Your parents' 2018 IRS Tax Return Transcript*
  • Your parents' 2018 W-2 Form(s), Schedule C, and/or Schedule K-1
  • Your (the student's) 2018 IRS Tax Return Transcript*
  • Your (the student's) 2018 W-2 Form(s)

If you completed your 2020-21 FAFSA WITHOUT parental information, you MAY need to submit:

  • 2020-21 Independent Verification Worksheet
  • Your 2018 IRS Tax Return Transcript*
  • Your 2018 W-2 Form(s)
  • Your spouse's 2018 W-2 Form(s), if married

*A 2018 IRS Tax Return Transcript is required to complete income verification. You can request a Tax Return Transcript here.

Some students may also be asked to confirm high school completion status and/or identity/statement of educational purpose. Please Note: If the statement of educational purpose is not presented in person to Student Financial Services it will require notarization.

How long will the process take?

Once our office receives all the required documents from you, the normal processing time is 10-14 days.  You will be notified once verification is complete and if any adjustments have been made to your financial aid package.  

How do I submit my documents?

Documents can be mailed or faxed to Student Financial Services at:

Trinity University
Student Financial Services
One Trinity Place, Campus Box #77
San Antonio, TX  78212-7200

Fax: (210) 999-8316

Due to security concerns, it is not recommended for students to email sensitive information to Student Financial Services.

What do I do if I am unable to locate my W2s?

If you have difficulty locating your 2018 W-2's you can also request a "Wage and Income Transcript" from the IRS which will fulfill the W-2 requirement.

What if I filed an amendment to my taxes (1040X)?

If you filed an amendment to your taxes (IRS Form 1040X), you will need to provide a signed copy of the 1040X that you submitted to amend your original return.

What is the deadline to submit verification documents?

Entering First Year and Transfer students:

All required documentation should be submitted as soon as available but no later than April 15 to receive an accurate financial aid award.

Continuing students:

All required documentation should be submitted as soon as available but no later than May 1 to receive an accurate financial aid award.

Note: Verification must be completed no later than October 1.  All need-based aid will be cancelled in full if verification is outstanding after this date.