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Federal Verification

It is possible that your application will or already has been selected for review in a process called “Verification.” In this process, the Financial Aid Office will be comparing information from your application with 2015 tax return information submitted to the IRS for you and your parents. The law states we have the right to ask you for this information before disbursing financial aid. If there are differences between your application information and your financial documents, you or the college may need to make corrections electronically to your FAFSA.

Our office will make every effort to contact you as soon as possible to let you know that you have been selected for verification. However, we will not know whether or not you have been selected until you submit your FAFSA. Upon submitting the FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). The Student Aid Report should also give you a message about being selected for verification. If selected, there are two steps to complete this verification:

1) Submit a completed 2016-17 Verification Worksheet directly to the Financial Aid Office via mail, email, or fax. Please scroll down to view and print links to PDF versions of worksheets.


2) Verify your 2015 income by using the Data Retrieval Tool (see tutorial)through FAFSA or providing us with 2015 Tax Return Transcript. More information about step two can be found by opening one of the following documents:

Instructions for Tax Filers 

Verification Worksheets for 2016-17 

Supplemental Worksheets 2016-17

Contact the Financial Aid Office
800-260-6458 or 719-389-6651
Fax: 719-389-6173

Spencer Center, 1st Floor
14 E. Cache La Poudre St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday,
8:30am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-5:00pm