What is Verification?
Verification is a process that ensures that the information students and their families reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is accurate. As part of this process, the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) may ask the student and his or her family to provide additional information. Individuals are typically selected for verification by the federal processor of the FAFSA. Our office also reserves the right to select individuals for the verification process under certain conditions such as when a student submits a Professional Judgment Appeal Form. We encourage you to review the verification policy on this webpage.
However, federal regulations do not allow students to avoid verification by simply choosing not to accept an offered need-based form of federal student aid, such as a Federal Direct Subsidized Loan.
The Verification Process
If applicants are selected for verification, our office will inform students of the necessary documentation required to complete the verification process. The required documentation will be listed in the student's “To Do List” within the Student Center in iSIS. Typically, a student selected for verification will need to provide, at minimum, a completed Verification Form. Additional, required verification documentation will vary depending upon the unique information provided on the student's FAFSA.
IRS Data Retrieval Tool simplifies verification
The U.S. Department of Education highly encourages all FAFSA applicants to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool that is available within the FAFSA online application. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows students and parents, who have already submitted their federal tax returns, to electronically transfer their tax information from the IRS to their FAFSA. If students and/or parents utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool without making any changes, the amount of documentation requested for the verification process by the OSFA may be minimized.