Verification is the process the U.S. Department of Education uses to make sure information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is accurate. Oakland University is required to identify and resolve inaccuracies in the data supplied on the FAFSA.
Below is some detailed information about the verification process as well as instructions to help students and their families navigate the process and acquire the necessary information. Only students selected for verification should complete this process; you’ll know you were selected by Oakland University email notification and by viewing your financial aid requirements on MySail.
Requested documents are due within 21 days of the requested date shown in MySail. Students who do not submit requested documents by the due date are putting their financial aid at risk of being delayed or cancelled. In any case, students are responsible for paying the balance on the eBill by the semester due date, regardless of the status of their financial aid. Students who do not pay the balance by the due date are subject to late payment penalties.
How does the IRS DRT Work?
Am I eligible to use the IRS DRT?
Do I need to use the IRS DRT to complete my FAFSA?
Why was I not given the option to use the IRS DRT?
Why is the IRS DRT not working?
When will my tax return information be available when using the IRS DRT?
Applicants unable to use the IRS DRT must submit a tax return transcript.
If students submit high school graduation information to another campus office, they may still be required to submit proof to Student Financial Services to expedite and satisfy the requirement. The following are acceptable to satisfy the proof of high school graduation requirement. Please submit one of the following documents no later than 30 days before the semester begins.
- A copy of the student’s high school diploma.
- A copy of the student’s final official high school transcript that shows the date when the diploma was awarded.
- A copy of the student’s General Educational Development (GED) certificate or GED transcript.
- An academic transcript that indicates the student successfully completed at least 60 transferrable credits.
- If state law requires a homeschooled student to obtain a secondary school completion credential for homeschool (other than a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent), a copy of that credential.
- If state law does not require a homeschooled student to obtain a secondary school completion credential for homeschool (other than a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent), a transcript or the equivalent, signed by a cognizant authority, that lists the secondary school courses the student completed and documents the successful completion of a secondary school education in a homeschool setting.
- Students with a foreign high school transcript must obtain a course-by-course transcript evaluation by World Education Service (www.wes.org) or Educational Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org) for high schools attended outside of the U.S.
Please note: If you are a first time freshman student, you are also required to provide your final high school transcript with your final grades and high school graduation date to the OU Undergraduate Admissions Office.
- a Transcript Database View (TRDBV) by calling the IRS's Identity Protection Specialized Unit (IPSU) tol-free number at (800) 908-4490. After the IPSU authenticates the fax filer's identity, he or she can ask the IRS to mail the TRDBV, which will look different than a regular tax return transcript, but is official and can be used for the verification process. View the IRS Identity Theft website for more information.
- a statement signed and dated by the tax filer indicating they were victims of IRS tax-related identity theft and the IRS has been made aware of the tax-related identity theft.