Verification is a Federal procedure in which students, if selected, are requested to document certain data elements of their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Swarthmore College Financial Aid Office verifies all students who are selected by the Department of Education to be verified, and may use its discretion in selecting students on an individual basis. Certain data, including but not limited to taxable income, family size, and untaxed income are a few examples of items that are required to be confirmed.

Your Student Aid Report (SAR) will have indicated to you whether your FAFSA was selected for Verification by the Department of Education.


In order to complete the Verification procedure, you will need to do the following:


1. If you (student) and/or your parents filed a 2015 Federal Tax Return, you must use the IRS Data Retrieval tool located in the "Financial Information" section of your FAFSA in order to submit the required tax information to Swarthmore.  IRS Data Retrieval Guide

*Please note: If you had used the IRS Data Retrieval tool when you first completed your FAFSA, you do not have to repeat this process.*


If you (student) and /or your parents are not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool, you must obtain an official tax return transcript     online at or by phone at 800‐908‐9946.


2. Complete all sections and sign the Verification Worksheet 


3. Return the completed worksheet and tax transcripts (If ineligible for IRS Data Retrieval) to the Financial Aid Office one of two ways:


Email: and include in the subject line "VERIF (your ID number)" 

Mail: Financial Aid Office

         500 College Ave.

         Swarthmore, PA 19081


Students selected for verification have 30 days from the date of notification to submit the required documentation. Failure to do so may result in loss of all Federal financial aid, as well as any other aid that could be affected by the result of the verification process. No Federal financial aid funds will be credited to a student’s account until the verification process is complete. Students will be notified of the result of verification via an updated award notice, even if the verification process resulted in no change to their financial aid.