Federal Verification

Filed your FAFSA and selected for federal verification?

If the Department of Education has randomly selected you for federal verification you will be notified by the Financial Aid office. Federal verification is a process used to verify information provided on your FAFSA. Once notified, you must submit all required documents within 45 days of the request. Federal financial aid will not credit your account and/or disburse until all requirements are satisfied and financial aid is finalized based on verification results.

**Only complete the requirements listed under your Financial Aid-Eligibility on BU Brain**

Click on the specific requirement below to learn more and access the required forms to be submitted:

IRS tax data transfer required via FAFSA - parent

This requirement requests parent tax data to ensure accuracy with reported FAFSA data.

  • 2019-20 FAFSA: 2017 tax data
  • 2020-21 FAFSA: 2018 tax data

There are three ways to satisfy this: 

Option 1. Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool via your FAFSA application.

Log in to fafsa.ed.gov, go to your current FAFSA, then select "Make FAFSA Corrections." Click on the "Financial Information" section and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

Step- by-step instructions to link PARENT data to the FAFSA:

  1. Go to fafsa.ed.govand select the “Start Here” button
  2. Log in using your (the student's) FSA ID
  3. Select the “Continue” or “Make a Correction” button
  4. Select the "Financial Information" tab from the top of the page.
  5. Go to "Parent Financial Information" page
  6. Answer the questions in the first box to see if you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool
  7. If eligible, select which parent is providing information on the FAFSA
  8. Enter the FSA ID for the parent providing the information
  9. Click "Link to IRS"
  10. Review the information displayed and select the “Transfer My Information into the FAFSA” option
  11. Proceed to the Sign and Submit page

Option 2. Submit federal tax return paperwork

If you are not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you may submit a signed copy of your federal tax return (1040, 1040EZ, 1040A) that you submitted to the IRS.

  • 2019-20 FAFSA: 2017 federal tax return
  • 2020-21 FAFSA: 2018 federal tax return

Option 3. Order and submit an IRS Tax RETURN Transcript.

If you are not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you can submit an IRS Tax RETURN Transcript.

  • 2019-20 FAFSA: 2017 tax data
  • 2020-21 FAFSA: 2018 tax data

To request an IRS tax RETURN transcript, go to the IRS website .

DO NOT ORDER A TAX ACCOUNT TRANSCRIPT - we only accept the TAX RETURN TRANSCRIPT

This documentation can be submitted via fax  at 607-777-6897 or mail. Our mailing address is:

Financial Aid and Student Records
Binghamton University
Admissions Center
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902

Be sure the student's name and B-number are noted on all paperwork.


IRS tax data transfer required via FAFSA - student

This requirement requests student tax data to ensure accuracy with reported FAFSA data.

  • 2019-20 FAFSA: 2017 tax data
  • 2020-21 FAFSA: 2018 tax data

There are three ways to satisfy this:

Option 1. Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool via your FAFSA application.

Simply log in to fafsa.ed.gov, go to your current FAFSA, then select "Make FAFSA Corrections."  Click on the "Financial Information" section, and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

Step-by-step instructions to link STUDENT data to the FAFSA:

  1. Go to fafsa.ed.gov and select the “Start Here” button

  2. Log in using your (the student's) FSA ID
  3. Select the “Continue” or “Make a Correction” button
  4. Select the "Financial Information" tab from the top of the page.
  5. Go to "Student Financial Information" page
  6. Answer the questions in the first box to see if you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool
  7. Click "Link to IRS"
  8. Review the information displayed and select the “Transfer My Information into the FAFSA” option
  9. Proceed to the Sign and Submit page

Option 2. Submit federal tax return paperwork

If you are not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you may submit a signed copy of your federal tax return (1040, 1040EZ, 1040A) that you submitted to the IRS.

  • 2019-20 FAFSA: 2017 federal tax return
  • 2020-21 FAFSA: 2018 federal tax return

Option 3. Order and submit an IRS Tax Return Transcript.

If you're not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, submit an IRS Tax Return Transcript.

  • 2019-20 FAFSA: 2017 tax data
  • 2020-21 FAFSA: 2018 tax data

To request an IRS Tax Return Transcript, go to the IRS website. Additional instructions can be found on our forms page using the "Order a Tax Return Transcript" link. 

Do not order a tax account transcript - we only accept the tax return transcript

This documentation can be submitted via email (scan) to finaid@binghamton.edu, fax 607- 777-6897 or mail. Our mailing address is:

Financial Aid and Student Records
Binghamton University
Admissions Center
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902

*Be sure the student's name and B-number are noted on all paperwork.*

Verification Worksheet

This requirement requests the Verification Worksheet be completed, and signed by student and parent (if applicable). This form is used to verify number in household, number in college, filing status and earned income. Read through the form in its entirety. Be sure to choose the correct aid year on the forms page through the links below.

Parent W-2s

If requested, please send copies of all W-2s from parent(s) reported on the FAFSA.

  • 2019-20 FAFSA: 2017 W-2s
  • 2020-21 FAFSA: 2018 W-2s

This documentation can be submitted via fax (607) 777-6897 or mail. Our mailing address is:

Financial Aid and Student Records
Binghamton University
Admissions Center
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902

Please be sure the student's name and B-number are noted on all paperwork.

Student W-2s

If requested, send copies of all student W-2s.

  • 2019-20 FAFSA: 2017 W-2s
  • 2020-21 FAFSA: 2018 W-2s

This documentation can be submitted via fax 607-777-6897 or mail. Our mailing address is:

Financial Aid and Student Records
Binghamton University
Admissions Center
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902

Be sure the student's name and B-number are noted on all paperwork.

Non-Filer IRS Verification Letter

(Parent 1, Parent 2, Student and/or Student Spouse). If requested, we require a letter from the IRS called a "Verification of Non-Filing Letter." This letter confirms that the requestor did not file taxes for the specific tax year.

  • 2019-20 FAFSA: 2017 tax year
  • 2020-21 FAFSA: 2018 tax year

To obtain an IRS Verification of Non-Filing Letter, go the IRS website. Additional instructions can be found on our forms page. If you're not able to obtain a letter through the website you may request one by submitting Form 4506-T to the IRS.

  • The only acceptable Verification of Non-Filing Letter should come directly from the IRS.
  • The Form 13873-V cannot be accepted as Verification of Non-Filing. If after submitting Form 4506-T, you receive the Form 13873-V, you must resubmit Form 4506-T.
  • Any persons experiencing issues in obtaining the correct Verification of Non-Filing Letter can contact the IRS by calling 1-800-829-0922.

If you are not able to obtain a Verification of Non-Filing Letter from the IRS please contact our office.

This documentation can be submitted via fax 607- 777-6897 or mail. Our mailing address is:

Financial Aid and Student Records
Binghamton University
Admissions Center
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902

Be sure the student's name and B-number are noted on all paperwork.


Documentation of high school completion

You must submit your final high school transcript to the Undergraduate Office of Admissions in order for your financial aid to credit/disburse to pay your bill. 

If you have additional questions, contact our office by email at finaid@binghamton.edu or call 607-777-2428. 

Identity/Statement of Educational Purpose Form

If requested, the student must sign the following form either in person at our office or with a notary. 

  • Identity/Statement of Educational Purpose Form 
  • A copy of a valid government-issued ID (driver's license, passport, etc) is also required. Must bring the form of ID (not a copy) to our office to be verified and a copy to be made. If using a notary, must present the form of ID to the notary to be verified and then attach copies of the ID to the form. 

This documentation can be submitted via fax 607-777-6897 or mail. Our mailing address is:

Financial Aid and Student Records
Binghamton University
Admissions Center
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902

Be sure the student's name and B-number are noted on all paperwork.