Verification is the second step in the financial aid process. Financial aid verification is a process to validate required documents and data provided on the application.
When students submit an application for any form of financial aid funding, be it a grant, a scholarship, a loan, a tuition waiver, or any other benefits to assist in educational expenses (tuition, fees, room, board, books, supplies, transportation, personal expenses), verification is part of the process, as it...
- Ensures accurate data
- Ensures eligibility
- Ensures required documents and supportive materials are complete and submitted
To contact your Financial Aid Office, use this number for all colleges: 855-622-2332 (toll free)
If you are completing the verification process...
- Log in to your Online Student Center and review your To Do List to determine required documents and other actions to complete the verification process
- Check your To Do List and Maricopa Student Email regularly for any updates and additional reminders
Your To Do List items may contain requests to submit specific documents directly to your college. If that is the case, submit the identified documents in person to the financial aid office at your college.
Frequently Asked Questions about Financial Aid Verification
What is financial aid verification?
- Verification is a process to validate the data that you supplied on your FAFSA.
- If you are selected for verification, your college is required to collect and review documentation to verify the information you provided on your FAFSA.
- Students selected for verification will not receive financial aid funds until all requested documentation has been submitted by the student and verified by Maricopa Community Colleges.
Why does verification occur?
- The verification process is mandated by federal law, requiring the Department of Education to randomly select students’ FAFSA records for verification. Verification occurs to ensure that the information provided on the FAFSA is accurate.
- In general, about 30% of all students who apply for financial aid are randomly selected by the federal government for the verification process.
- If you are selected for verification, it does not mean you have done something wrong. The verification process ensures that eligible students receive all of the financial aid they are entitled to for an academic year.
How do I know if I have been selected for verification?
- Your Student Aid Report (SAR) will indicate whether or not your FAFSA application has been selected for verification. Your SAR can be accessed via a link sent to you by the Department of Education.
- Look for an asterisk (*) next to your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) figure and read the message within the document.
- You can also access information via your Online Message Center. The Financial Aid Office will post information in your “To Do List” within your Online Student Center to let you know that you have been selected for verification.
Where are the required verification forms, and how do I submit them?