Federal Verification and What It Means for You

How will I know if I am selected for verification?

The Financial Aid Office notifies all students through the email address they specified on their FAFSA that they have been selected for verification. Students should ALWAYS check their status on my.CommNet.edu (reference the track my application tab).


Why is my file being verified?

There are several possibilities for being selected for verification. The following are the most common reasons for being selected:

  •  All students are selected randomly by the Federal Government.
  • The FAFSA application has incomplete data.
  • The FAFSA application has estimated or conflicting information on it.
  • The IRS data retrieval option was not utilized when completing the FAFSA.

What are the requirements to be met for federal verification?

The Federal government currently has (2) verification selection groups and a total of (4) federal verification worksheets. Students must track their information on the my.commnet.edu account, in order to check which group they were selected for (reference the track my application tab).

1) The Federal Verification Worksheet and supplemental documentation

There are (2) 2017-2018 Federal Verification Worksheets for Dependents (if dependent by federal guidelines)

There are (2) 2017-2018 Federal Verification Worksheets for Independents (if independent by federal guidelines)

2) IRS tax return transcripts OR data retrieval on your FAFSA

To request a copy of your IRS tax return transcripts as well as W-2 transcript you can choose from the following options:

Option 1: To obtain a copy of your Federal Tax transcript and W-2 forms online go to the IRS website at www.irs.gov.

Option 2: To obtain a copy by phone, contact the IRS at (844) 545-5640 and follow the voice prompt.

Option 3: To obtain a copy by mail, mail the IRS form 4506-T (or form 4506-T-EZ) or request a copy in person at 150 Court Street, New Haven, CT 06511. IRS forms are also available online at www.irs.gov.

*Indicate the student’s name as well as GCC Student ID number on the transcript and send or bring it in to our Financial Aid Office to be reviewed.


  • The IRS transcript requirement will be waived if you are eligible to link IRS data to a new or corrected FAFSA, and do so using the “Link to the IRS” feature.

If special circumstances prevent you from using the "Link to the IRS" option or obtaining IRS transcripts, please contact our Financial Aid Office at (203) 285-2030.

Where do I bring my unsatisfied requirement information? 

All requested or unsatisfied requirements must be turned in to the Financial Aid Office room N215 within 5 business days of request. Students need to make sure all paperwork is filled out completely before turning them in. Students should also indicate their GCC Student ID number on all requested paperwork. ONLY original forms with signatures will be taken.