UIC begins to process FAFSAs from the federal processor in November. Approximately 25% of student applicants are selected for verification annually. If selected, the SFAS will notify students by email and provide a link to print a Verification Worksheet. Students and parents/spouse must complete the worksheet and return it with all requested additional documentation. This will include, but is not limited to, official federal tax information for 2019 (prior-prior tax year). Students may submit this information using the IRS Data Retrieval option on the 2021-2022 FAFSA application or by providing an official IRS Tax Return Transcript. To view a sample of an IRS Tax Return Transcript click here. Parents or Independent Students and their spouses who do not file 2019 federal tax return must submit any W-2 forms for 2019.

SFAS will review submitted documentation make any necessary corrections to. The verification process generally takes two to three weeks. SFAS will notify students by email when the process is complete.


Other Required Documentation

Sometimes the federal processor flags a student’s FAFSA and requires additional documentation to verify data. Students may be required to submit documentation regarding:

  • Citizenship
  • Selective Service
  • Bankruptcy
  • Loan Default
  • Loan Discharge
  • Veteran Status
  • Social Security Number/Name/Date of Birth Discrepancies
  • Federal Aid Overpayments

If any of this additional documentation is required, SFAS will send a request via email.