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Federal Verification

Federal Verification is a review process in which Pace University, as required by the U.S. Department of Education, must verify the accuracy of the information provided on a student's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Approximately 30% of all FAFSAs are selected for verification, and the reason for selection can vary:

  • You can be chosen at random.
  • Your FAFSA contains estimated information.
  • Your FAFSA was incomplete.
  • There were inconsistencies found in the information you provided on your FAFSA.
  • Income reported is insufficient to support the household size.

Federal programs such as the Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG Grant, Federal Work Study, Parent (PLUS) Loan and the Federal Direct Subsidized Loan Program have strict eligibility requirements. University aid may also be affected.

Initial financial aid awards are based on the information we have on file for students before Federal Verification. If the tax and household information differs from the information reported on the student's FAFSA, financial aid could be increased, decreased or canceled altogether.

In order to ensure that this process is complete and your financial aid is finalized by the bill due date, documentation must be submitted by April 1st for the Fall semester and December 1st for the Spring semester.


Requirements for Verification for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

Schools are required to verify:

  • Number of household members.
  • Number enrolled in a postsecondary educational institution at least half-time (excluding parents).
  • Parents and students income tax information and/or earning from work.
  • Identity/Statement of Educational Purpose in person or certified by a notary public*
  • High School Completion Status*
    (*in some cases)

Most of these items are verified using IRS tax information. If you and/or your parent (and/or spouse, if applicable) are not required to file a tax return for the year in question, you will indicate this on the Federal Verification Worksheet and list all sources of income received. Parents and Independent Students must also submit an IRS verification of non-filing letter. Financial aid cannot be finalized until all requested documentation has been supplied.


Required Documentation for Verification

2020-2021 Federal Verification Worksheet

This worksheet may be found on your MyPace portal. Once you complete this worksheet, you must submit it to the Financial Aid office. 

  • Go to MyPace Portal.
  • Log in with your MyPace Portal username and password.
  • After logging in, click on the “Students” tab.
  • Scroll down the middle column and select the “Financial Aid System” link.
  • Click on “Eligibility”.
  • Select the appropriate aid year and click “submit”.
  • Click on the 2020-2021 Verification worksheet requirement.
  • Complete and sign the 2020-2021 Verification worksheet.
    Dependents student must have their parents sign their worksheet as well.

2018 Income Information

Tax Filers

Non-Tax Filers

Tax Filers with an Amended Tax Return

Tax Filers with a Tax Filing Extension

Victims of Identity Theft

Submitting Your 2018 Income Information

FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)

Obtaining an IRS Transcript or Verification of Non-filing Letter

These IRS transcripts may be requested by using the following methods:

  • By download at IRS Get Transcript Online.
  • By Mail at IRS Get Transcript. Allow 5 to 10 calendar days for delivery
  • By mail or fax using IRS Form 4506-T (PDF), Request for Transcript of Tax Return
  • By calling 800-908-9946. Allow 5 to 10 calendar days for delivery.  This method can only be used for requesting IRS Tax Transcripts.
  • By making an appointment at your local IRS office

Please visit the following for video tutorials: Requesting a Tax Transcript for Verification

IRS Get Transcript Instructions

Get Transcript Online

Get Transcript by Mail

Request Using IRS Form 4506-T

Telephone Request

Visit a Local IRS Office