The federal government requires some students to verify the information reported on their FAFSA. Colleges are responsible for performing this verification and must do so before federal funds can be disbursed. Verification requirements apply to the following federal programs: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Work Study (FWS) and Federal Direct Loans. Verification is also required for state and other need based aid programs.
The review of particular items, such as estimated tax information, number in household/ college, etc., will be requested and reviewed throughout the year. Parents and students must return the items requested within 30 days to prevent delays in the application review process.
When you "verify", you are telling the Financial Aid Office that the information you reported when you applied for financial aid is still true and correct. If you have misreported something on your FAFSA or if certain family circumstances have changed, you have the opportunity to tell your aid counselor and have corrections made to your financial aid application.
Sometimes the corrections that need to be made can be done by the financial aid office, if this occurs, you should be aware that your Student Aid Report (SAR) may have to be returned to the processor for corrections. If you have any questions on this process, please contact the Financial Aid Office.
In addition to the federal requirements, colleges have the right to verify information for all students who apply for financial aid, and deny funding to those students who refuse to submit the required documentation.