Verification of FAFSA
Verification is a process used to review information submitted through the FAFSA to ensure that it was completed accurately. Students are randomly selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education.
NEW FOR 2012-2013
If your 2012-2013 FAFSA is selected for Verification, you will be asked to submit a signed Verification Worksheet to verify household size, number of dependents enrolled in college, and child support paid. Documentation from the child support agency must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office. You may request this documentation online at Access Child Support Statement.
In addition, if your FAFSA is selected for verification and you reported that you or anyone in your household received benefits from Food Stamps/SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), you must provide written documentation from the issuing agency. You may request this documentation online at Access SNAP Benefits.
To meet the verification requirement for Adjusted Gross Income, U.S. Tax Paid, and Untaxed Income, you (and parent, if you are a dependent student) must do one of the following:
- Use the 2012-2013 FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval
* If you submitted your FAFSA without using the IRS Data Retrieval, you can make a correction to your FAFSA online and use the IRS Data Retrieval
- Submit a copy of your 2011 Tax Return Transcript
* Available on the IRS website at www.irs.gov
* Available from the IRS by calling 1-800-908-9946
* Available by paper request which is downloadable at www.irs.gov
* Make sure to select Tax Return Transcript, not Tax Account Transcript
Verification of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
(Click below to print your appropriate verification worksheet(s))
Financial Aid Forms
Tips for Completing the FAFSA & Verification Process
Please read each question on the FAFSA carefully and answer accurately. After completing the FAFSA and each subsequent correction to the FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Federal Processor. Review the SAR entirely as it will indicate if there are errors that need to be corrected. The SAR will notify you if your application has been selected for Verification. If selected, please submit all documents as soon as possible to the Financial Aid Office. All discrepancies must be verified by our office per Federal guidelines. This may slow down the processing of your application for financial aid. The verification process can take up to several weeks for completion. Below are some tips and information that can be helpful through the process of completing the FAFSA and the verification process.
Information & Tips
- When submitting verification documents to our office, be sure all documents requiring a signature are signed, all worksheets are fully completed (include numerical value or if zero, write zero, do not leave answers blank), and student’s name and ID # are on every document. Submit copies, and keep originals for your own personal records.
- Many times the documentation we receive is not complete. Once reviewed, it may be determined that additional information is required to complete verification. If this is requested of you, please provide it as soon as possible as we process all paperwork in date of receipt order which would delay your aid.