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Verification is a process that the Division of Financial Aid conducts on a percentage of students in order to comply with federal regulations. Purdue is required to verify the information provided on the FAFSA with tax documents to ensure students are awarded properly with financial aid eligibility. If selected for verification, our office will request information regarding the information reported on your FAFSA application.

Verification Requirements

This request may be satisfied by updating estimated tax information on the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool*, or by providing a copy of federal or Puerto Rican tax transcripts, or foreign tax transcripts. Student information is always required for records chosen for verification. If the student is dependent, parent information will also be required. Custodial parents who are remarried must also provide their current spouse's income information. Verification of reported assets may also be requested.

*preferred method

Processing Timeframe

Once our office has received the requested verification information, It will take 1-2 business days to review the documentation and compare it to the FAFSA.  If the information on the FAFSA does not match the verification documentation, we will update the FAFSA data and revise financial aid eligibility accordingly. These revisions typically take 7-10 business days after the initial review of verification information. The student will receive a notification through their Purdue email account after revisions have been made and will be directed to view their myPurdue account to view any changes to their financial aid awards. 

Important Notes

  • By submitting the FAFSA, you agreed to provide any additional information that the school requests.
  • It is your responsibility to comply in a timely manner to maintain financial aid eligibility.
  • Verification must be completed before the last day of the student's enrollment. However, please be advised that financial aid will not credit a student's bill if outstanding verification requirements exist. Additionally, financial aid is awarded on a first-come first-serve basis; eligibility may decrease if funding is no longer available at the time verification documents are submitted.
  • To avoid unnecessary delays and further requests, do not send our office verification documents unless they have been requested of you specifically by Purdue University. The Federal Processor may indicate that your record was selected for verification; this is separate from Purdue's request for verification.