Federal Verification

Verification is a process that all universities receiving federal aid are required to complete.  The purpose of verification is not to find fraudulent FAFSA applicants, but to find and correct common mistakes made during the filing of the FAFSA.  All need-based aid packaging must be put on hold until a student provides the necessary information requested through the verification process.  If the verification process is not completed, a student will not be considered for any need-based financial aid.  It is important to return the information and requested documentation as soon as possible.  Processing usually takes about three weeks, but can take longer in peak processing periods.

A typical student selected for verification will be asked to complete a verification worksheet and submit IRS tax transcripts.  Depending on the situation, however, other forms and requirements may be requested from the student.

Submitting Tax Information

Students and/or Parents (if applicable) must provide a copy of their IRS Tax Return Transcript to complete the verification process.

Tax return transcripts can be ordered through the link below, or by calling 1-800-908-9946.

Order tax return transcripts online.


Students and/or parents not required to file a 2015 Federal Income Tax Return will be required to submit the following documentation:​

  • The 2017-2018 Non-Filer Statement
  • Copies of form W-2 for each source of employment income received for the tax year 2015

2017 - 2018 Verification Forms

2017-2018 Dependent Worksheet
2017-2018 Independent Worksheet
2015 Tax Non-Filer Worksheet
Borrower Disability Worksheet
2017-2018 Drug Worksheet
2017-2018 High School Credential Worksheet

2016-2017 Verification Forms

2016-2017 Dependent Worksheet
2016-2017 Independent Worksheet
2015 Tax Non-Filer Worksheet
2015 Child Support Paid Worksheet
2015 Sources of Support Worksheet
Borrower Disability Worksheet
2016-2017 Drug Worksheet
2016-2017 High School Credential Worksheet

Verification Contacts

Name/Title Phone/Email
Megan Wade - Assistant Director 330-941-1321; mecollins@ysu.edu
Colleen George - Admin Asst 1 330-941-2031; cgeorge@ysu.edu