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Verification: Required Documents

Data Retrieval Tool or Tax Return Transcript Requests

Wondering how to complete the verification or what information to include?

Log in to your Albert Student Center and click on the Verification Worksheet on your To-Do List. The documents that you may need to provide includes:

  • A completed Verification Worksheet which is available on your Albert Student Center To-Do List.
  • If you or anyone else reported on your FAFSA (parents or spouse) filed 2017 taxes, you will need to either log into your FAFSA to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or submit copies of your Tax Return Transcript for all filers. If you, your parents, or your spouse filed for an official extension on your 2017 taxes, you will need to submit a copy of that extension approval.
  • If you or anyone else reported on your FAFSA (parents or spouse) earned income from work, you will need to submit W-2 forms for all earned income. Anyone who cannot obtain a W-2 should include a signed statement indicating the amount, source of income, and reason that a W-2 wasn't available.
  • Complete all other requested items on your To-Do List.

Below are samples of some of the documents we will request. Not all students will need all of the forms listed. The forms specific to you are located on your Albert "To-Do" list in and in the initial verification request.

Tax Return Verification

Students will need to answer the questions on this form in relation to their tax filing status as well as the tax filing status of any parents or spouses who may be included on the FAFSA. Students should submit all required documentation indicated on the form as applicable. Please note, use of the Data Retrieval Tool is preferred over submission of a Tax Return Transcript.

Income Verification for Non Tax Filers

Students and any parents or spouses who are included on the FAFSA and who did not file taxes will need to verify income they received. If a W-2 was received, a copy will be required.

Other Untaxed Income Verification

Students and any parents or spouses who are included on the FAFSA will need to answer sections A-G of this form to verify any sources of untaxed income received. For each section, please indicate N/A if it is not applicable to you.

Household Verification

Students will need to list all the members of their household and include the household member’s age, relation to the student, and college or university they will attend during the 2018-2019 academic year (if applicable).

High School Completion Status

Students will need to submit one of the valid means of proof of high school completion listed on the form.

Identity and Statement of Educational Purpose

Students will need to prove their identity and educational purpose. This form must be signed either in person at the NYU Office of Financial Aid or NYU Student Link Center OR in the presence of a notary public.


All students (and parents of dependent students) are required to sign their Verification Certification indicating that the documents that they are submitting are true and that they understand the implications of submitting invalid information.