Financial Aid Verification

If you have been selected for the financial aid verification process, begin by watching the tutorial below to get basic information.

In addition, you can review the frequently asked questions below to fulfill the verification requirements completely and efficiently.

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.
  • The verification process is mandated by federal law requiring the Department of Education to randomly select students’ FAFSA records for verification.

Why does verification occur?

  • Verification occurs to ensure that the information provided on the FAFSA is accurate.
  • A portion 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.

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 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?

Please note: The financial aid award process is not valid until the verification process is complete.  The suggested award amount(s) mentioned on your FAFSA Confirmation and on the SAR are not valid and will not be awarded until the verification process is complete. Award amounts may change upon completion of the verification process.