Selected for Federal Verification?
About one-third of all FAFSA applications are selected for a process called verification. Verification is a routine part of the financial aid process and is in place to ensure that students are receiving all the federal aid they are eligible for. Don’t worry, being selected for verification does not mean that you have done anything wrong and some selections are done at random. Verification requires students to submit additional information, but most students are able to satisfy verification requirements without too much additional effort. However, if you encounter any challenges, the staff in the Financial Aid Office is here to help.
Once a FAFSA application has been selected for verification, you will receive initial notification at the time you submit the FAFSA. However, your FAFSA can be selected at any time during the school year. If that happens, the student portal will be updated with the new required documents, and the office will send a notice to you via email.
In general, current students who are selected for verification will not receive their award until all the required verification documents have been submitted and reviewed by the Financial Aid Office. For up-to-date information, renewal students can log on to their student portal and view their documents. However, if your FAFSA is selected for Verification mid-year, we will not be able to disburse additional aid until the verification requirements have been submitted and the process is complete.
It is also routine for the Financial Aid Office to make corrections to your FAFSA as we complete the verification process. The student will always receive a notification via email that FAFSA changes have been made; don’t worry and please do not change the data in your FAFSA unless we have asked you to. If you have any questions about the changes that have been made to you FAFSA, please contact us, we’re happy to explain any changes.
Additional information about verification can be found online on the Federal Student Aid website as well.