Students are randomly selected by the United States Department of Education to provide additional documentation to the institution to double check and confirm the information provided by the student on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The institution has the authority to request all necessary documentation to complete the verification process. Documents can include a verification worksheet, a copy of the student’s and/or your spouse/parent(s) Federal Tax Return Transcript, SNAP benefits certification, child support paid certification and/or an identity and statement of educational benefits. Students who have been selected for verification can click the button below to print necessary form(s).
A step-by-step guide
- Go to goldmine.utep.edu
- Log in with your UTEP username and password
- Click on "My Eligibility"
- Click on "Student Requirements"
- Complete/submit all unsatisfied requirements
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool transfers your IRS tax information directly into your FAFSA. To use the Data Retrieval Tool, complete the following steps:
- Go to fafsa.ed.gov and select the “Start Here” button
- Log in using your FSA ID
- Select the “Continue” or “Make a Correction” button
- Select the "Financial Information" tab from the top of the page.
- Answer the questions in the first box to see if you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool
- If eligible, click “Link to IRS”
- For parent: Provide FSA ID for parent providing IRS information
- Proceed to the Sign and Submit page
For your privacy, the tax information you transfer from the IRS into your FAFSA form won’t be visible to you. Instead, you will see “Transferred from the IRS” in the appropriate fields on fafsa.gov, the IRS DRT web page, and on the Student Aid Report.
If you and your spouse/parent(s) cannot use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool please request a Federal Tax Return Transcript by using one of the following methods (Please call (844)545-5640 to schedule an appointment prior to showing up at the local IRS offce):
- In person at 700 East San Antonio Street (in El Paso) or the local IRS office in the city or county the taxpayer resides in.
- By telephone at (800) 829-1040.
- Through their website IRS.gov
Changes in Your Financial Situation
Often time, families have a change in their financial situation since the date the FAFSA was originally submitted. These financial changes might qualify you for an income adjustment/reduction. Changes in financial situation(s) can include:
- Divorce or Separation
- Death, Disability
If the student and/or their parent(s)/spouse have experienced a change in family income and a FAFSA has been submitted, then the student should speak to a Financial Aid Advisor (FAA).
A FAA will provide recommendations on steps to take. If you submit a FAFSA after the last available financial aid workshop you must wait until we receive your FAFSA information to speak to a FAA about an income adjustment/reduction.
Verification of Selective Service
If you are a male between the ages of 18-26, you are required to register for Selective Service through the U.S. Post Office or the Selective Service website at www.sss.gov.
Failure to register for selective service will prevent the student from getting a financial aid award offer. Male students who were unable to register prior to their 26th birthday must visit the Office of Student Financial Aid to resolve this matter.
Federal School Code: 003661