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Federal Verification Process

Verification is a process required by the U.S. Department of Education for some applicants, to ensure the accuracy of information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The verification process requires our office to verify or confirm certain data elements reported by you and/or your parents on your FAFSA.

If you are selected for verification, the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) will inform you of the necessary documentation required. Required items will be listed in your “To Do List” within your Student Center in KSIS.

The verification process is not complete and federal financial aid will not be awarded or disbursed until all required documentation has been received and verified by OSFA, and the U.S. Department of Education has received and accepted any changes to the FAFSA data.

Why was your FAFSA selected to be verified?

The most common reasons why your FAFSA was selected for verification:

  • Your FAFSA appears to have inconsistent information, or possibly erroneous information
  • When completing your FAFSA, you either were not eligible to use, or chose not to use, the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT), or you did use the tool, but then subsequently changed the data, either intentionally or unintentionally.
  • Your FAFSA includes estimated tax 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/or 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 the “To Do List” section.

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