Obtaining a Physical Copy of Verified Tax Information

What is Acceptable as Verified Tax Information?

As a part of your financial aid verification process, Southeast Tech must verify to the federal government that the 2018 tax information you provided on your 2020-2021 FAFSA is accurate. There are several ways that this information can be provided. To determine which methods you are eligible for, review your original email. If your verified tax information has a single asterick (*) behind it, you must use one of the options below.

Option 1

Provide a copy of your 2018 Tax Return. Federal guidelines require that copies provided to the Financial Aid Office must be signed by the tax filer. On joint returns, a signature from ONE of the tax filers is required. 

Option 2

Provide a copy of your 2018 IRS Tax Return Transcript. This document can be obtained from the IRS using one fo the options listed below. 

How Do I Obtain an IRS Tax Return Transcript?

  1. Request Online

    First, try to obtain your transcript online. 

    What You Need: 
    To register and use this service, you need:
    • Your SSN, date of birth, filing status and mailing address from your latest tax return,
    • Access to your email account,
    • Your personal account number from a credit card, mortgage, home equity loan, home equity line of credit or car loan, and
    • A mobile phone with your name on the account.
    What You Get:
    • All transcript types are available online. 
    • View, print or download your transcript. 
    • Username and password to return later.

    Get Transcript Online

    If you successfully create an account on the IRS website using the Get Transcripts Online option, you will have access to many documents that you can print immediately. The most common document needed for financial aid verification purposes is the Tax Return Transcript. Be sure to print the document for the correct tax year. 

  2. Request by Mail

    If you are unable to obtain your tax return transcript online, you can request the document by mail.

    What You Need:
    To use this service, you need your:
    • SSN or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN),
    • Date of Birth, and 
    • Mailing address from your latest tax return. 
    What You Get:
    • Return or Account transcript types delivered by mail.
    • Transcripts arrive in 5-10 business days at the address the IRS has on file for you.

    Get Transcript by Mail

    If you successfully request documents to be mailed, you will see a message stating that your request has been accepted and you will receive your tax return transcript via U.S. mail within 5-10 business days. If unsuccessful, you will be given further options for acquiring the required information.

How to Submit Documents to Southeast Tech: 


Southeast Tech Financial Aid
2320 N Career Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57107
Students or parents who mail these tax documents to Southeast Tech are encouraged to keep a copy for their own records.


Include the front and back of all pages, and fax to 605-367-8305.

Scan and Email:

Pictures of documents will not be accepted.