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Federal Verification Process

Verification is a process created by the U.S. Department of Education to confirm the accuracy of information provided on the FAFSA. The verification process requires our office to verify or confirm the data reported by you and/or your parent(s) on the FAFSA.

If you are selected for verification the OSFA will inform students of the necessary documentation required. The required documentation will be listed in the student's “To Do List” within the Student Center in KSIS.

The verification process is not complete and federal financial aid will not be awarded until all submitted documentation has been verified by our office and the U.S. Department of Education has received and accepted any changes to the original FASFA data..

Why was your FAFSA selected to be verified? 

The most common reasons why your FAFSA was selected for verification:   
  • When completing your FAFSA you were not eligible, did not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool process, or you did but then subsequently changed the data
  • Your FAFSA has incomplete data
  • Your FAFSA includes estimated information
  • Random selection - 1 in 3 students are randomly selected for verification

How will I know if I am selected for verification?

You will be notified by your K-State email and by the U.S. Postal Service if you have any outstanding requirements that must be met before a federal financial aid award will be made. Students can also review outstanding requirements on your KSIS account in To Do List section.

If you were selected for verification, the documentation you submit will be compared to the original FAFSA and corrections may be made. These corrections could change the student's EFC (Expected Family Contribution) which could affect the award amount. If corrections were made you will receive a new SAR (Student Aid Report) from the Department of Education.

How to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool video


Click on the image above for an informational video about utilizing the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing your FAFSA.