Verification is the process of comparing information reported on the FAFSA to specified documents. Regulations include a provision that the US Department of Education will announce for each award year the FAFSA information that an institution and an applicant may be required to verify for an applicant selected for verification, and the acceptable documentation for the information.
Information That May Need to Be Verified
- Verifiable Data Element: Number in Household/Number in College, Dependent & Independent Student
- Verifiable Data Element: AGI and Taxes paid
- Verifiable Data Element: Certain Untaxed Income
- Verifiable Data Element: IRS Non-Filer for Parent and/or Independent Student
- Verifiable Data Element: IRS Non-Filer for Dependent Student
- Verifiable Data Element: Identity/Statement of Educational Purpose
If your FAFSA is selected for verification, your offer for financial aid is estimated, pending completion of the verification process.
Upon receipt of the required documents, we will compare the information from the verification documents to the information reported on the FAFSA. We will submit corrections to the federal processor for each verifiable data element that differs. This may cause your federal aid eligibility to change.
Remember: Federal aid is not disbursed to student accounts until the verification process is complete.