Verification is a process used to validate certain information entered on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education for a variety of reasons including random selection, incomplete data, or conflicting information. If you are selected for verification, you will receive an email describing the documents you are required to submit are based upon your Verification Group. You will need to complete and submit all required forms and documentation before funds can be disbursed to you.
You will be notified via email and prompted to log into JagWire to view the outstanding requirements. All required documentation will be requested and listed in the requirements section of JagWire. If you are selected for verification, it is your responsibility to submit all required documents in a timely manner prior to receiving financial aid. Provide all requested documentation as soon as possible but no later than 30 days before the official close of the semester in which you are enrolled to receive all aid that may be available, including Federal Pell Grant and Direct Student Loans. Documentation can be submitted in person or electronically. Keep in mind that some documentation may have sensitive information. Please take precaution if sending electronically.
Data Retrieval Tool
When completing the FAFSA, we encourage you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT). This tool allows you and your parents to transfer tax information from official IRS tax records onto the FAFSA. This eliminates the risk of entering the wrong data. Additionally, you may be asked for less documentation if you are selected for verification.
IRS Tax Return Transcript
Tax transcripts are used to validate income and tax filing status to complete Financial Aid Verification.
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Upon receiving your documentation, we will compare your paperwork against the information collected on the FAFSA. If discrepancies exist, we will make the necessary changes and submit for correction. This process may result to changes in your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and financial aid package.
Processing usually takes two to three weeks but can take up to four weeks during the peak season. Because verification must be completed in advance of disbursing funds from any financial aid program, it is vital to send complete and correct information as soon as possible.