Verification is a process used to validate certain information you entered on your FAFSA. Students are selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education. If you are selected for Verification, you will receive an email from our office describing the Verification Group you have been assigned to. The documents you are required to submit are based upon your Verification Group. You will need to complete and submit all required forms and documentation before any money can be disbursed to you. The sooner you verify your information, the sooner you'll be able to receive the aid you're eligible for.
Why was I selected for verification?
You can be selected for verification for any number of reasons, but some of the more common reasons are:
- You were selected randomly.
- The FAFSA you submitted has incomplete data.
- The information you provided on your FAFSA contradicts itself.
- Your FAFSA contains estimated information.
I've been selected for verification? What do I do?
If you've been selected for verification, you should examine your Student Aid Report (SAR) for any messages from the Department of Education. You will need to collect copies of the documents that our office requests, which may include a Marriage Certificate, a Social Security Card, an Alien Registration Card, and any Federal Tax Forms. The type of documents required will vary from student to student, and not all students selected for verification will have to submit the same documents. Once you have collected all the required documents, you will need to submit them to the Office of Student Financial Aid. Do not turn in any documentation that was not requested.
If you are selected for FAFSA verification, you need to return the information and requested documentation as soon as possible. Processing usually takes two to three weeks, but it can take up to four weeks during the peak season. Because verification must be completed in advance of disbursing any money from any financial aid program, it is vital to send complete and correct information as quickly as possible.
What happens if there are confirmed discrepancies in my FAFSA?
After you turn in all required documentation, our office will compare the information with your SAR. If we find any mistakes, we will make the necessary corrections and revise your award amounts if necessary.
Above all else, don't be upset because you were selected for verification. This is a process that is required by the federal government. The Financial Aid Office may even discover errors in your report that could actually increase your eligibility for more aid.
How do I check on the status of a submitted FAFSA?
You can check the status of your FAFSA immediately after submitting it online. You can check the status of a paper FAFSA after it has been processed (roughly 7-10 days from the date mailed).
To check the status of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):
- Go to the FAFSA on the Web home page and click Start Here to log in, or
- Call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).
If your FAFSA is still being processed, we recommend that you wait a few days before checking the status again.
Once processed, Federal Student Aid will generate a Student Aid Report (SAR), which will be provided to both you and the school(s) you listed on your FAFSA.
If you are selected for Verification, you will receive an email from our office describing the Verification Group you have been assigned to. The documents you are required to submit are based on your Verification Group. If you know your Verification Group, you may use the links below
- Group 1 Verification
- Group 2 Verification
- Group 3 Verification
- Group 4 Verification
- Group 5 Verification
This page was last updated on: March 19, 2013