Has anyone else gone through the process of requesting this because their child was selected for FAFSA verification and needed to provide this with the rest of the requested documents? If so, how long did it take to get it after requesting it? Everyday I'm praying it will arrive in the mail but so far, no such luck!
DS applied to and was accepted to 5 universities. Three of them requested verification materials in November/December, we promptly submitted the materials, they were processed with no problems, and we got the financial aid award letters. Each school just needed the worksheet for their specific university filled out and copies of W-2s. We didn't have to get anything from the IRS for these because we (the parents) had used the online data retriever for our tax return and DS didn't need to file in 2016.
A little over two weeks ago, we got the verification request from one of the other schools (the one ds will most likely attend due to cost) and, besides the standard materials stated above, they requested an IRS Verification of Non-Filing Letter stating that yes, it is true that ds didn't file a 2016 tax return. It appears that this is a new requirement this year at other schools because when I looked at the verification worksheet for the fifth university ds is considering (and the one school where they don't request verification unless the student actually enrolls), they also request this letter and state it is a new requirement for 2018-2019.
Anyways, the instructions from the IRS stated that it takes 5 -10 days to receive the letter. 10 days has now passed this past Friday and I'm sitting here wondering when it will come so we can get an award letter from this school (and they also consider need for scholarships, and applications were due a month ago, so I'm sure decisions are being made- -- sure hope this doesn't affect scholarship decisions). After faxing it in, there's really no way of knowing if it was actually received and I can't find a phone number for this specific IRS office to call and check or anything.
Anyone else requested one of these lately? I'm concerned that all the uncertainty with the federal gov't. and talk of shutdowns, etc. will affect the timeline as well.
This is our oldest and I've been trying so hard to make sure we do everything correctly, on time, submitting documents as soon as possible, etc. but this one has me concerned. I sure wish we had known we were going to need this so I could have requested it a long time ago, but I had no clue since the other three universities never asked for it.