Financial Aid Verification

The verification process is required by the federal government and is intended to improve the accuracy of the information you provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Verification selection can be random or because your FAFSA data was incomplete, estimated or inconsistent. The U.S. Department of Education randomly selects students for the verification process; however we may select students if we find conflicting information.

Documents: The initial documents that you must submit will include, but are not limited to: a paper verification worksheet (upon request) and a copy of your and/or your parent(s) signed IRS tax transcript or signed federal tax returns. Depending on what category of verification you have been selected for (V1, V4, V5), you may be asked to submit other documents such as: proof of high school diploma, HSE (formerly GED) or equivalent; or an unexpired government issued ID. All items needed for your verification category will be posted on your To Do List at MyTMCC.

Completing the Verification Forms: Depending on the academic year for which you are applying, V1, V4, and V5 verification forms can be completed and submitted online. Please read all documents carefully. Each question on the forms must be answered, even if the answer is "0", and the forms must be signed in all the necessary areas.

Submission of Verification Documents: If you submit incomplete documentation to our office, you will be notified via your official TMCC email account and will have 30 days to complete your financial aid file. If files are not complete within 30 days, documents will become inactive. Your verification will not be reviewed or processed until we have received all of the required documentation needed for your file. During the year verification will be processed between 2-4 weeks with the exception of our peak period 4-6 weeks which are during the months of January and August. 

You may submit verification related documents through the following ways: 

  • In Person (Recommended): 
    You must have your student ID or unexpired government issued ID to present to the financial aid counter. Please make sure to have your student ID number on the document along with the academic year for which you are being verified. 
     
  • By Mail:
    You may send your verification related documents to the following address:

    Financial Aid, Scholarships and Student Employment
    Truckee Meadows Community College
    7000 Dandini Blvd RDMT 315C
    Reno, NV 89512

    You must have your full name along with the student ID number and the academic year you are being verified on the document(s) you are mailing. We will not be able to identify you without a student ID number and the academic year and therefore your file cannot be processed without this information.

  • Email:
    You must use your assigned TMCC student email account (@mail.tmcc.edu) to submit your verification related documents. These documents can be emailed to the TMCC verification email at verification@tmcc.edu as PDF documents. The document must contain your full name, student ID number and the aid year you are being verified. Any documents sent from your personal email account will not be processed. Screenshots or pictures of documents will not be accepted. In both cases you will be notified via email that you must resubmit.

    Note to students:
    Please be careful when sending documents electronically. It is suggested by the TMCC Financial Aid office that personal identifiers such as date of birth, social security numbers, and sensitive financial information be blacked out prior to sending the documents. 

Verification Process: Please be aware that the verification process can take 4–6 weeks, so do not delay, complete your file early and visit our dates and deadlines page. If you have questions about the information needed on the verification documents, please contact us.

Note: If you do not meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards, you are not eligible for financial aid.

Tax Return Transcript Request Process

Tax filers can request their tax transcript for free from the IRS in one of four ways:

Get Transcript by Mail

  • Go to www.irs.gov, under the Tools heading, click "Get your tax record.” Click “Get Transcript by MAIL.” Make sure to request the “IRS Tax Return Transcript” and NOT the “IRS Tax Account Transcript.” The transcript is generally received within 10 business days from the IRS’s receipt of the online request.
  • Make sure to include your name and student ID number on the tax documents that will be submitted.

Online Request

  • Go to www.irs.gov, under the Tools heading, click "Get your tax record." Click “Get Transcript ONLINE.” Make sure to request the “IRS Tax Return Transcript” and NOT the “IRS Tax Account Transcript.” To use the Get Transcript Online tool, the user must have (1) access to a valid email address, (2) a text-enabled mobile phone (pay-as-you-go plans cannot be used) in the user’s name, and (3) specific financial account numbers (such as a credit card number or an account number for a home mortgage or auto loan). The transcript displays online upon successful completion of the IRS’s two-step authentication.
  • Make sure to include your name and student ID number on the tax documents that will be submitted.

Telephone Request

Available from the IRS by calling 1-800-908-9946.

  • Transcripts are generally received within 10 business days from the IRS’s receipt of the telephone request.
  • Make sure to include your name and student ID number on the tax documents that will be submitted.

Paper Request Form: IRS Form 4506T or T-EZ

  • Complete lines 1–4, following the instructions on page 2 of the form. Note that line 3 should be the most current address as filed with the IRS. It is the address where the IRS Tax Return Transcript will be sent. If the address has recently changed, include the address listed on the latest tax return filed on line 4. However, if an address change has been completed through the U.S. Postal Service, the IRS may have the updated address on file.
  • Line 5 provides tax filers with the option to have their IRS Tax Return Transcript mailed directly to a third party by the IRS.
  • TMCC requests tax transcripts to be submitted with the TMCC Verification Form.
  • On line 6, enter the tax year required for your FAFSA to receive IRS tax information.
  • The tax filers (or spouse if requesting information from a joint tax return) must sign and date the form and enter their telephone number. Only one signature is required to request a transcript for a joint return.
  • Mail or fax the completed IRS Form 4506T-EZ to the appropriate address (or fax number) provided on page 2 of Form 4506T-EZ.
  • Tax filers can expect to receive their transcript within 5 to 10 days from the time the IRS receives and processes their signed request. Note: processing form 4506T-EZ means verifying/validating the information provided on the form. If any information does not match the IRS records, the IRS will notify the tax filer that it was not able to provide the transcript.

Tax Return Transcript Request Process

Tax filers can request a free transcript of their tax return transcript from the IRS in one of four ways:

Get Transcript by Mail

  • Go to www.irs.gov, under the Tools heading, click "Get your tax record.” Click “Get Transcript by MAIL.” Make sure to request the “IRS Tax Return Transcript” and NOT the “IRS Tax Account Transcript.” The transcript is generally received within 10 business days from the IRS’s receipt of the online request.
  • Make sure to include your name and student ID number on the tax documents that will be submitted.

Online Request

  • Go to www.irs.gov, under the Tools heading, click "Get your tax record." Click “Get Transcript ONLINE.” Make sure to request the “IRS Tax Return Transcript” and NOT the “IRS Tax Account Transcript.” To use the Get Transcript Online tool, the user must have (1) access to a valid email address, (2) a text-enabled mobile phone (pay-as-you-go plans cannot be used) in the user’s name, and (3) specific financial account numbers (such as a credit card number or an account number for a home mortgage or auto loan). The transcript displays online upon successful completion of the IRS’s two-step authentication.
  • Make sure to include your name and student ID number on the tax documents that will be submitted.

Telephone Request

Available from the IRS by calling 1-800-908-9946.

  • Transcript is generally received within 10 business days from the IRS’s receipt of the telephone request.
  • Make sure to include your name and student ID number on the tax documents that will be submitted.

Paper Request Form: IRS Form 4506T or T-EZ

  • Complete lines 1–4, following the instructions on page 2 of the form. Note that line 3 should be the most current address as filed with the IRS. It is the address where the IRS Tax Return Transcript will be sent. If the address has recently changed, include the address listed on the latest tax return filed on line 4. However, if an address change has been completed through the U.S. Postal Service, the IRS may have the updated address on file.
  • Line 5 provides tax filers with the option to have their IRS Tax Return Transcript mailed directly to a third party by the IRS.
  • TMCC requests tax transcripts to be submitted with the TMCC Verification Form.
  • On line 6, enter the tax year required for your FAFSA to receive IRS tax information.
  • The tax filers (or spouse if requesting information from a joint tax return) must sign and date the form and enter their telephone number. Only one signature is required to request a transcript for a joint return.
  • Mail or fax the completed IRS Form 4506T-EZ to the appropriate address (or fax number) provided on page 2 of Form 4506T-EZ.
  • Tax filers can expect to receive their transcript within 5 to 10 days from the time the IRS receives and processes their signed request. Note: processing form 4506T-EZ means verifying/validating the information provided on the form. If any information does not match the IRS records, the IRS will notify the tax filer that it was not able to provide the transcript.

If you and your spouse filed separate IRS income tax returns, the IRS Data Retrieval Tool cannot be used and the IRS Tax Return Transcript(s) must be provided for each.