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What is verification and how did I get selected?

Verification is a process in which the government randomly selects aid applicants and requires financial aid offices to collect additional documentation in order to verify certain FAFSA information. Verification must be completed before we can evaluate your application for financial assistance.

Here's how to do it:

Step 1: If you are selected for verification, go to the SFS forms page and print the appropriate worksheet.

Step 2: Complete the correct verification form, front and back. Sign the form. Return it to Student Financial Services along with a signed copy of your federal income tax transcript (no tax returns) and W-2's. If you are using the Dependent Student Verification Worksheet, your parents must sign the worksheet and you must also submit a signed copy of your parents' federal income tax transcript (no tax returns) and W-2's. 

Step 3: When Student Financial Services receives all of the required documents, our staff will complete the verification process. If a discrepancy is found, changes will be made and sent to the federal processor. Once the federal processor completes the changes, the student will receive another SAR which should reflect the changes.

Step 4: Once verification is complete and the necessary changes are made, the student is awarded appropriate financial aid. See the How To Apply for Financial Aid page for details on the financial aid process after this point.