Verification is the process used by the U.S. Department of Education to check the accuracy of student and/or parents' information used when applying for federal aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Central Processing System processes the information on the FAFSA and calculates student eligibility using several editing criteria specifications designed to detect inconsistencies and mistakes.
Each applicant receives a Student Aid Report (SAR), which details eligibility and calculates the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The SAR will indicate if an applicant has been selected for verification by printing an asterisk (*) to the right of the EFC. Verification instructions also appear in the comments portion of the SAR.
Applicants selected for verification will be required to provide, at the minimum, the following documents. You can download and print them here. If any changes are made to your FAFSA due to the verification process that requires a change in your financial aid package, you will be sent a revised financial aid award package.
2016-17 Verification Worksheets (see Financial Aid Forms)
For general inquiries, contact the Financial Aid Office at 423.869.6336.