Verification is the process of confirming that information reported by you and your parents or spouse on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is accurate. Each year approximately 30% of student applicants nationwide are randomly selected by the Federal Central Processing System for verification. You may also be selected by the University. If you are selected for verification, The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) will mail you a letter which explains what additional documentation must be provided. If you were required to file a Federal Tax Return in 2012 please use the IRS Data Retrieval process to transfer your 2012 Federal Tax Return information onto the FAFSA. Detailed information on how to use the IRS Data Retrieval is available through the IRS Data Retrieval – 2013-2014 FAFSA tutorial.
If you are unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval process you should provide OSFA with a 2012 Tax Return Transcript. Information on how to obtain this transcript is available on the 2012 IRS Tax Filer Information document.
To expedite the process, please follow all guidelines and directions outlined in this letter. Students who are selected for verification will not receive an award letter until the verification process is complete.
Once the required documentation is received OSFA will compare the documents to the information initially provided on your FASFA. If there are any discrepancies with the information on the FAFSA, OSFA will make the corrections and you will receive an updated Student Aid Report (SAR). If the documentation provided to OSFA does not provide all of the necessary information to complete the verification process you will be sent another letter outlining the additional documentation that is needed. Two to three weeks after the verification process is complete, you will receive an email indicating your financial aid award letter is available for your review.