What is Verification?

Verification is a process that demonstrates, with proof, the validity of data submitted on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Proof of the data submitted on your FAFSA will be requested by the Office of Financial Assistance and Planning to rectify any potential conflicting information. If you are selected for verification we ask you submit all information requested in a timely manner. 

The U. S. Department of Education (DOE) developed the verification process as a way to regulate quality control therefore; the College must comply by verifying all information reported on the FAFSA. Failure to complete the verification process may result in the loss of certain types of federal and institutional aid.  State aid may require a separate verification process through the issuing agency.     

How am I Selected For Verification?

Not all students are selected for the verification process. The DOE randomly selects students during the processing of each FAFSA. The College also has the option to select individuals as necessary. If is possible to be selected with each submittal of your FAFSA and completion of the process is required at each school for which you apply for financial aid.

What documents are needed for verification?

  1. All students selected for verification are required to submit either a Dependent or Independent Verification Worksheet. Worksheets may be found, by award year, in Documents and Forms. 
  2. A Tax Return Transcript is required if the IRS Data Retrieval Tool is not utilized when completing the FAFSA. Note: If you were not required to file a federal tax return but had income, documentation of income (W2s and/or 1099s) should be submitted with the Verification Form.
  3. With financial information being student specific an additional request for documentation may occur after the review of the FAFSA, income documentation, and verification worksheet.  

How to Obtain your Federal Tax Transcripts from the IRS