Admissions & Aid


Verification is the process that reviews the FAFSA for accuracy. The U.S. Department of Education randomly selects 30 percent of all FAFSAs for verification and specifies what documents need to be reviewed for this process.

Conflicting Information

Alma College selects additional students if conflicting information is present. If selected, we will contact you for documentation that supports the information you reported.

What Information is Verified?

Household Size

This verification item looks at how many people qualify as living in the household. The following people count as being in the household of a dependent student’s parents, per the FAFSA’s instructions:

  • The student and parents: Even if the student is not living with the parents, he or she counts as being in the household. You must exclude a parent who has died or is not living in the household because of separation or divorce.

  • The student’s siblings: If the student’s brother or sister will be receiving more than half their support from the parent(s) during the academic year, they count as being in the parent’s household.

  • Other persons who live with and receive more than half their support from the student’s parent(s) and who will continue to receive more than half their support for the entire award year.

Number in College

This verification item looks at how many people in the household are attending/will be attending college at least part time for the upcoming academic year. Count yourself as a college student. Only include other people living in the household that are also attending college at least half time. DO NOT include parents who are attending college.

Tax and Income Information

The verification process will require confirmation of your income, both taxed and untaxed. This will include items such as W-2s, schedule Cs, 1099 forms, and tax return transcripts/FAFSA Data Retrieval. See more information below.

Income Tax Return Information

Non Tax Filers

Tax Return Error

Special Issues - Tax Filing

Amended Tax Return

Victims of IRS Identity Theft

Tax Extension

Low Income

Untaxed Income


Verification Guide
This document will provide helpful tips to completing the verification process. Additionally, many frequently asked questions are answered. 

Please visit our Forms & Resources page to find all of the verification worksheets and forms.

IRS Tax Resources

Interactive Tax Assistant (IRS Tax Information)

IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service