Verification Tutorial

Student Responsibilities in the Verification Process

  1. Check your To Do List for required documentation.
  2. A Verification Tutorial provides step by step instructions and access to all forms
  3. Provide all required information.
  4. Submit required documentation within two weeks of receiving the request.
  5. All paperwork must include your full name and student identification number (NOT your Social Security number).
  6. Students are responsible for checking the status of their financial aid by reviewing the financial aid section of One. Click the "Item Details" link on your Student Center to verify that we have received ALL requested documents.

The Office of Financial Aid will submit any corrections that are required after verification is completed to the U.S. Department of Education. It takes approximately seven working days for corrections to be returned to our office. Students will receive notification from the Department of Education when the corrections have been processed. If the changes affect financial aid, students receive a new financial aid award notification from our office.

Begin the verification tutorial: Verification Tutorial

Please Note:  The ability to update your FAFSA by retrieving data directly from the IRS is currently unavailable, with no return timeline being given.  If you are selected for verification, we strongly encourage you to move forward with ordering a tax transcript, either online at or by completing and submitting a 4506T form to the IRS.  The form is available thorugh the "federal tax transcript" links listed below.  If you wish to complete the online request process please follow these steps:

  • Go to
  • You will see orange bars with headings and you need to go to “Tools”
  • Under “Tools” click on “Get Transcript of Your Tax Records”
  • Then you can get a TAX RETURN TRANSCRIPT by mail
  • Once you have the transcript, you can email it as an attachment to - include your student ID number, you can fax it to 574-520-5561, you can drop it off in person, or you can mail it to:           
    • IU South Bend Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

      Administration Building, Rm. 116

                    117 Mishawaka Avenue

                    P.O. Box 7111

                    South Bend, IN 46634-7111

Tracking Your Application and Aid

Use One account to:

Review your financial aid awards

Check to see if forms you mailed have arrived (allow seven days for updates)

Review your budget, Expected Family Contribution (EFC), and financial need