What is verification?
Verification is the confirmation through documentation that the information provided on a student's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is correct. The federal government requires colleges and universities to verify, or confirm, the data reported by students and their parent(s) on the FAFSA. The verification process ensures that eligible students receive all the financial aid to which they are entitled and prevents ineligible students from receiving financial aid to which they are not entitled.
You may be selected for verification either by the federal processor or by the FVSU Office of Financial Aid. If you are selected for verification by the federal processor, there will be an asterisk next to your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on your Student Aid Report (SAR). You will also be informed of having been selected for verification in the SAR Acknowledgement letter, which will be included with your SAR documents. You can view your SAR online atunder Step 3, View and Print Your Student Aid Report. If you are selected for verification, your Banner Web will list the documents you are required to submit. It is the student’s responsibility to check (hyper-link) Banner Web regularly and to submit any and all documents requested. Click here to check your financial aid status.
The main reasons for being selected for verification include that you were chosen randomly, the FAFSA you submitted was incomplete, your FAFSA contains estimated information, or the data you provided on the FAFSA is inconsistent. Verification is a federal regulation. Students who are selected for verification are not being punished; rather verification prevents ineligible students from receiving aid by reporting false information and ensures that eligible students receive all of the aid for which they are qualified.
If your SAR indicates you were selected for verification or if the FVSU Office of Financial Aid determines that your application needs to be verified, you and your parent(s) will be required to provide supporting documents to the FVSU Office of Financial Aid. In most cases, this documentation includes the following information from the tax year prior to the current aid year:
- Signed copies of student and parent federal income tax returns.
- Student and parent W-2 statements, if you and/or your parents did not file a tax return.
- Documentation of student and parent untaxed income received during the calendar year
Please note that additional documents may be requested at the FVSU Office of Financial Aid's discretion.
If the federal processor selects your application for verification, do not wait for the Office of Financial Aid to request additional documentation from you. It is your responsibility to review your SAR and/or check your Banner Web account to determine if you are selected and submit the additional documentation to the Office of Financial Aid no later than June 30 (of the current calendar year). If the FVSU Office of Financial Aid selects your application for verification, the office will contact you in writing, via your FVUS email address and/or your Banner Web account, to let you know both that you have been selected and what additional documentation is required. This communication will include our office's mailing address and fax number, as both are acceptable forms of document submission for most items, and will include a deadline. Please be sure to respond to requests for documentation in a timely manner to avoid delays in applying your financial aid as a credit to your bill.
Yes. Participation in the verification process is not optional. If a student who is selected does not submit the required documentation in a timely manner, the student will not be eligible to receive federal financial aid as a FVSU student. Should the verified financial information differ significantly from the original information provided on the FAFSA, your aid may be adjusted.
Verification documents must be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid by the following deadline dates:
Fall Term: June 30
Spring Term: December 20
Summer Term May 20
The FVSU Office of Financial Aid fully expects that you read and understand all information pertaining to your financial aid award offer and contact our office if you have any questions.
The funds offered to you are based on your eligibility for assistance and our estimate of your financial need for the academic year. Additionally, if you are selected for verification, your award will not be final and funds will not be disbursed onto your account until we have received and reviewed all documentation requested by this office. Check your Banner Web account to determine if you are required to submit additional documentation.
Students who are determined to be eligible for financial aid are considered for all awards administered by FVSU as well as any appropriate federal or state funds. Be assured that the absence of any of the sources of aid listed in your award represents your ineligibility based on individual program parameters or budget constraints, with the exception of some federal and state scholarship and grant programs (i.e. Pell, SEOG, Federal Work-Study, and state grant/scholarship programs). If students become eligible for additional scholarships/grants through federal and/or state agencies, our office will revise your financial aid award letter. You must re-apply for financial aid each year.
If you receive a TEACH Grant but do not complete the required teaching service, as explained above, you will be required to repay the grants as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.