Financial Aid

Submit Verification Documents

FAFSA Verification 

The federal government requires all institutions of higher education, including UWRF, to examine data from selected students in a process called verification. In this process, financial aid offices are required to check the accuracy of information reported on all selected FAFSAs. If you would like to learn more about Verification, please visit our instructional videos here:
You have three means by which to know if you have been chosen for verification:

  1. You are notified on your SAR (Student Aid Report) which you receive promptly via email from the federal system after you submit your FAFSA.
  2. You will receive a notification email from the UWRF Financial Aid office once we have your information and you have been accepted at UWRF through the admissions process.
  3. Once you can access your To-Do List in eSIS, you can see if you have been selected.

You must follow the specific verification instructions and submit all required information to our office before we can complete your financial aid award process.

Verification Forms

* Please note you may need to access these forms from your desktop/laptop.

2022-23 Verification Forms 2023-2024 Verification Forms (Coming Soon)                         

22-23 Dependent Verification Worksheet


22-23 Independent Verification Worksheet


22-23 High School Completion Status


22-23 Identity/Statement of Educational Purpose: To be signed at UWRF Financial Aid Office


22-23 Identity/Statement of Education Purpose: To be signed in presence of a Notary



IRS Data Retrieval Tool

The Federal Government now requires the use of the IRS Data Retrieval tool to transfer your tax information to UW-River Falls.
However, there are the exceptions to why you may not be eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, including:

  • Married filing separately (If you or your parents filed as "Married Filing Separately," you need to request a transcript for both filers.)
  • Filed an amended tax return
  • Applied for filing extensions (If you or your parents applied for a tax filing extension, the verification process cannot be completed until you have filied your taxes.)
  • Tax return was too recently filed

Click here for an instructional video for the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

If you have filed an amended tax return, you must ALSO submit a 1040X.

If you are unable to submit your tax information via the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, your FAFSA will bypass the option to Link to IRS; instead you must follow the directions below to request an IRS Tax Return Transcript.


IRS Tax Return Transcript

*Note: Effective July 2019, the IRS will mail tax transcript requests only to your address of record. Do NOT request your transcript be sent directly to UWRF.

You can request your IRS Tax Return Transcript online or by calling 1-800-908-9946.
You must request the Tax Return Transcript.
If you have filed an amended tax return, you must ALSO submit a 1040X.

Required data for Tax Return Transcript

  • Social Security Number
  • Date of birth
  • Address used on your return

Click here for an instructional video on the IRS Tax Return Transcript.

Once you have received your Tax Return Transcript from the IRS, you must submit it along with your completed Verification Worksheet by mailing or bringing it to:

UWRF Financial Aid Office
133 Rodli Hall
410 S. 3rd Street
River Falls, WI 54022

You may also submit your completed information by fax: 715-425-0708.

Remember: You cannot be awarded financial aid until your verification process is completed.


Contact Us

Financial Aid Office
P: 715-425-3141
F: 715-425-0708
Monday - Friday
7:45am - 4:30pm
133 Rodli Hall