Student Financial Services
North Foundation Hall, Room 120
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
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(248) 370-2550
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finservices@oakland.edu
M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Verification

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.

Verification Information
What do I do if I’m told I’ve been selected for verification?
Students might see a note on the Student Aid Report indicating verification is required; or students will have unsatisfied financial aid requirements on MySail requesting verification documents be submitted.  Oakland University Student Financial Services acts as an agent of the U.S. Department of Education and is responsible for requesting documentation which supports the information reported on FAFSA.

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.

What if the Data Retrieval Tool was used to report income information?
The Internal Revenue Service Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) allows most applicants to upload relevant tax information directly from the irs.gov website.  As long as applicants do not change any tax information after the data is transferred to the FAFSA, the IRS will confirm the information and students selected for verification will not need to submit tax return information.

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?

What is the processing time for Verification?
The verification process is usually completed within 2-3 weeks and at peak volume times 3-5 weeks. All requested documents need to be submitted for review in order for our office to start the verification process. Student Financial Services may request additional documents to clarify discrepancies. It is important all documents are completely filled out the first time to avoid having to resubmit due to incomplete documentation, as processing may be delayed. Students should submit documents quickly so financial aid will be available by the semester due date.  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.

Why is proof of high school graduation required?
Student Financial Services is required to verify students graduated high school, received GED equivalent, or are able to transfer 60 or more credits. Eligibility for federal aid is based on high school completion and university enrollment.

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.


What do I do if I’m a victim of identity theft?
Victims of identity theft cannot use the IRS DRT, and instead, will need to submit:
  • 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.

What do I do if I filed an amended Tax Return?
Students or parents who file an amended return cannot use the IRS DRT, and instead, will need to submit:

What do I do if I filed a tax return extension?
Individuals who filed an IRS tax extension you will need to submit the following documents:
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