Verification is a process used to confirm certain information you provided on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Not everyone's FAFSA is verified. Only about one-third of all FAFSA applicants will be selected for verification. Verification can be designated either by the U.S. Department of Education or by the university. The following are some common reasons you may be selected for verification.
- Random selection
- Incomplete FAFSA data
- Estimated information
- Inconsistent FAFSA information
If your FAFSA is selected for verification, our office will contact you via e-mail to request the appropriate documentation such as federal income tax transcripts, W-2 statements and various worksheets to confirm the data submitted on the FAFSA. You cannot receive your financial aid until the verification process is complete, so it's important to respond quickly.
We recommend, whenever possible, you use the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Data Retrieval Tool that is part of the FAFSA on the web, in order to reduce, or in some cases, eliminate the need for the submission of additional documentation. If you are having difficulty in providing the requested information or have any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to contact our office for assistance.