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Financial Aid Verification
Verification is a form of “quality control” for financial aid. Approximately a third of all financial aid applicants are selected by either the U.S. Department of Education or Wentworth’s Financial Aid office to verify the accuracy of information that you provided on the FAFSA. It is simply a way of checking that everything entered into FAFSA matches the actual tax return information. There is a very important reason why students who are selected for verification need to complete the process and submit all necessary documents:
Returning Students - your financial aid award will not be processed until all documentation and/or required actions are completed, submitted and reviewed by the Financial Aid office
New Students – an estimated financial aid award will be packaged. However, it will not be finalized until all documentation and/or required actions are completed, submitted and reviewed by the Financial Aid office.
The verification process can take up to two weeks, so be sure to complete the process early.
If you are selected for verification you will receive a missing information email from the Wentworth Financial Aid Office. The email will provide you with information about how to see what documentation you need to submit and/or actions that you need to complete before we can begin the verification process. For example, required documentation may include but is not limited to:
- For tax filers - either a copy of IRS Tax Return Transcripts or the use or the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on your FAFSA. For the 17/18 academic year, a signed copy of a 1040/1040Aor 1040EZ is also acceptable.
- For non-tax filers – a non-filing statement form, IRS verification of Non-filing letter and all w-2s
- Household Size and Number in College verification form
All required forms are located on our website. You must submit all requested documents by July 7th. All documentation should be handed in together. Incomplete or inaccurate documentation cannot be accepted. You cannot receive financial aid until the verification is complete. It is the student's responsibility to make sure that your verification documentation has been submitted on time and accurately. Failure to do so may results in the student's aid being canceled.
Once we have received all of the documentation and/or all required actions are finished, the Financial Aid office will complete the verification process and adjust the financial aid award as needed. If the verification process results in an adjustment to your financial aid award you will be notified by email.
All emails are sent to your Wentworth email account so be sure to check it daily.
To obtain a copy of your IRS Tax Return Transcript
- Visit Tax Transcript Request Website or
- Download Form 4506-T and return form to the IRS.
- You can also request a copy by calling 1-800-908-9946.
Note: Tax transcripts should not be sent to Wentworth Institute of Technology. Please have this form sent to you directly and then forward to Wentworth with the student name and ID number written across the top of the page.
Providing Parent/Spouse Information
Wentworth Institute of Technology adheres to the basic premise that you and your parent(s) or spouse have the primary responsibility for financing your education. Financial aid is intended to assist with the educational expenses that remain after your family's resources have been considered. Therefore, all applicants must provide their parent’s or spouse’s information when completing the FAFSA.
Exceptions to providing parental information will be made for students who can answer "yes" to any of the questions in step three of the FAFSA.