What is verification?
Verification uses documentation to confirm that the information provided on a student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is correct. The federal government requires colleges and universities to verify, or confirm, the data reported by students and their parent(s) on the FAFSA. The verification process ensures that eligible students receive all the federal financial aid to which they are entitled and prevents ineligible students from receiving financial aid for which they do not qualify.
How will I know if I am selected for verification?
If your SAR indicates that you were selected for
verification or if the Office of Financial Aid determines that your application
needs to be verified, you and your parent(s) will be required to provide
supporting documents to the Office of Financial Aid. Students will be
notified by e-mail to their college e-mail address. Students need to monitor their e-mail
accounts. Students can also check financial aid information using their Interact
How will I know what additional documentation is required for verification, where to send it, or when to send it by?
If your SAR indicates you were selected for verification or if the Office of Financial Aid determines that your application needs to be verified, you and your parent(s) will be required to provide supporting documents to the Office of Financial Aid. Students will be notified by email to their campus email addresses of what additional information needs to be provided. Students need to monitor this email account. Students can also check their financial aid information using their Interact
accounts to see what documents they need to send in.
If I am selected for verification, am I required to send additional documentation?
Yes. Participation in the verification process is not optional. If a student who is selected does not submit the required documentation by the established deadline, the student will not be eligible to receive federal financial aid from the College.
What happens after verification?
Once the verification documentation has been received, it will be compared to data elements on the student's FAFSA. If the information on the FAFSA matches the documentation provided, then no changes to the FAFSA are required, and the verification process will continue and the student will be awarded financial aid based on the original FAFSA results and will receive notification through their student campus email and student interact account.
If the verification process results in corrections to any data elements on the FAFSA, FS will submit these changes electronically to the federal processor. Both the student and FS will be notified of the reprocessed FAFSA results electronically from the processor. Once received the student will be awarded financial aid based on the reprocessed FAFSA results.
All required documents should be submitted to the Financial Aid Office no later than 10 business days from the initial date of request. Delay in submitting all required documents will cause a delay in awarding financial aid. The process takes 7 to 10 business days to complete. Students are expected to apply for aid and complete the verification process before the term has begun. Otherwise, the student is in jeopardy of not receiving any Federal aid for their period of enrollment. A Pell Grant applicant must complete the entire process before the Pell Grant program deadline in September or 120 days after the last day of the student’s enrollment, whichever is earlier. If the process is not complete, the student is not eligible for Pell for that award year. Students who have not completed the verification process within the required period will receive a letter of explanation.
If the Financial Aid Office suspects that a student, or other individual,
has intentionally misreported information or altered documentation to fraudulently obtain federal financial aid funds, the office can report its suspicions, and will provide the evidence, to the Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Education, for review.