After you have submitted your FAFSA, the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid may request more information to complete your financial aid application.
Verification for Summer 2024 awarding
Verification is a review process in which the accuracy of various data elements reported by you/your parent(s) on the FAFSA is determined. The U.S. Department of Education selects a percentage of all aid applicants for verification. The verification process ensures that students receive all the financial aid they are entitled to receive and prevents ineligible students from receiving aid they are not entitled to receive.
Those selected are required to complete the verification process before receiving financial aid. If your FAFSA application is chosen for verification, you will receive a notification from the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to complete verification requirements on your CASH page under Status/Requirements. Any documents with a status of “required” must be submitted, reviewed, and accepted to be eligible for financial aid. The verification process will begin once all required documents have been received. Students will be notified via email if there are any questions or if any additional documentation is required.
What is Verification?
Verification is a process used to confirm that the data reported on your FAFSA is accurate. You will be asked to provide documentation to support the information you reported on the FAFSA.
How do I know if I was selected for verification?
Why was I selected?
Your FAFSA may be selected for verification at random, or because you supplied incomplete or inconsistent data on your application. Verification is a federal regulation and ensures that eligible students receive all the aid for which they qualify. If you were selected, you will receive an email at your student email.
What if I was not selected?
If you are not selected for verification, you could still be asked to provide other information to complete your financial aid file. Your CASH page displays any required documents or additional information needed.
What do I need to do?
The required documents will be listed on your CASH page under Status/Requirements. Click on the name of each required document for more information on the document being requested and what document types are acceptable.
What if I am undocumented and cannot request a Verification of Non-Filing (VONF) from the IRS?
IF REQUESTED, individuals without a Social Security Number (SSN), Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), or Employer Identification Number (EIN) must provide a signed and dated statement certifying they do not have any of these. In addition, they will need to list the sources and amounts of earnings, other income, and resources used to support the household for the tax year. If applicable, a copy of the W-2, 1099, or other equivalent document for each source of employment must be provided.
Verification for the 2024-2025 award year
Those selected for verification for the 2024-2025 award year will be directed to the new student financial aid portal, My Financial Aid. More information about the verification process through My Financial Aid will be coming soon.