Verification Process

Understanding The Verification Process

Sometimes during the FAFSA process, the IRS will select you for verification. If selected, you will receive an email from Franklin's Financial Aid Office along with information regarding the forms you will need to submit. Below you will find additional details related to the verification process.

Verifying Your Income

Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IDRT) when you complete your FAFSA is the easiest, fastest, and best way to verify income. If you are unable to use IDRT or Franklin sent you an e-mail requesting a Tax Return Transcript for 2020 (2022-23) or 2021 (2023-24), you MUST request a transcript of the federal tax return you filed with the IRS.

There are a few ways to request a Tax Return Transcript from the IRS.

  1. The Preferred Method is online at the IRS website.
    Click on the blue button that says "Get Transcript online" or "Get Transcript By Mail". If you don't already have an account, you will be asked to set one up. Once your account is setup, you will be able to request a Tax Return Transcript to view, print and download or to be mailed to you. Mailed transcripts will be sent to you in 5-10 calendar days at the address the IRS has on file for you.
  2. If you are unable to use Get Transcript online or by mail, you may try the automated phone transcript service at 1.800.908.9946 to receive your transcript by mail. Please allow 5-10 calendar days for delivery.

IMPORTANT: A copy of a tax return is not acceptable.

NOTE: If you (or your spouse, if married; or parent if a dependent student) filed an Amended Federal Tax Return (1040X), a SIGNED copy of your 1040X must be attached with the IRS Return Transcript and submitted to our office.

Verification of Non-filing Letter

There are two ways to request a 2020 (2022-23) or 2021 (2023-24) Verification of Non-filing Letter from the IRS.

  1. You may go online at the IRS website to receive an instant downloadable non-filing letter. Click on the blue box with the text “Get Transcript Online”.  You will be required to provide or have access to the following information:
    1. Your SSN, date of birth, filing status and mailing address from latest tax return
    2. Access to your email account
    3. A personal account number from a credit card, mortgage, home equity loan, home equity line of credit or car loan, and
    4. A mobile phone that is in your name
  2. If you are unable to obtain the Verification of Non-filing letter online, you may obtain a copy by mailing in the IRS Form 4506-T.
    Download IRS Form 4506-T >
    Example of the 4506-T form >

You must fill out the following on the form:

  • Line 1a and 1b with your full name and SSN
  • Line 3 with your full current address
  • Checkmark box 7 to request a Verification of Non-filing
  • Line 9-enter the date of 12/31/2020 (2020) or 12/31/2021 (2021)
  • Checkmark the box above the signature stating you read the attestation clause
  • Sign and date the form and include a phone number

Mail the form to the address listed on page 2 of the 4506-T. Choose the address for your state under “Chart for all other transcripts”.

Please Note: any IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter must be dated on or after October 1, 2021 (2022-23) or October 1, 2022 (2023-24) to be a valid document.

Verification Forms

Do not complete these forms unless you have received a request from our Financial Aid office. Please complete ONLY the forms that have been requested.