Approximately one-third of all financial aid applicants are selected by either the U.S. Department of Education or Northeastern’s Office of Student Financial Services to verify the information provided on the FAFSA and/or CSS Profile. If you have been selected for verification and are required to submit additional documents, you will be notified in writing.
If you are a new, incoming student, your financial aid offer is tentative, pending the completion of the verification process. Should the verified financial information differ significantly from the original information provided on your FAFSA and/or CSS Profile forms, there may be a change in your financial aid eligibility.
If you are a returning student, the verification process must be completed before a financial aid award will be made available to you.
Please be sure to respond to requests for follow-up documentation in a timely manner to avoid delays in applying your financial aid as a credit to your student account.
If selected for verification, documentation may be required from students and/or parents who are listed on the FAFSA. Please only submit the documents requested; required documents will be listed on your Student Hub or requested in writing by our office.
Please note, you may be asked to submit additional documentation along with the items listed below.
If you filed a U.S. Tax Return
If you did not file a U.S. Tax Return or foreign tax return
If you filed an amended tax return
Note: if you amended your tax return (filed a 1040-X), you will not be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
Instructions to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool are provided while completing the FAFSA or filing a correction. Certain data elements such as AGI and taxes paid will be entered for you on the FAFSA.
Students and parents are strongly encouraged to use this option when initially completing the FAFSA or when making a correction after the required tax returns have been filed.
In order to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you must have:
You will not be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval process if:
An official IRS Tax Return Transcript will be required for tax filers who are not able to use the IRS Data Retrieval process or make changes to FAFSA data after using this process.
Note: Tax filers should not request to have their IRS Tax Return Transcript mailed directly to Northeastern University as it may not contain the necessary identifying student information.
Tax Return Transcripts can be requested, free of charge, in one of the following three ways:
IRS Tax Return Transcripts requested online cannot be sent directly to a third party by the IRS.
IRS Tax Return Transcripts requested by telephone cannot be sent directly to a third party by the IRS.
Paper Request Form
An IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter provides proof that the IRS has no record of a filed Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ for the year you requested.
IRS Verification of Non-filing Letters can be requested, free of charge, in one of the following three ways:
IRS Verification of Non-filing Letters requested online cannot be sent directly to a third party by the IRS.
IRS Verification of Non-filing Letters requested by telephone cannot be sent directly to a third party by the IRS.
Paper Request Form
If you have been selected for verification you will be notified in writing. Please review any requests for additional information carefully, as it will indicate the process for providing completed documents to our office.