The US Department of Education requires institutions to verify the accuracy of the information provided on a student's FAFSA in an effort to assure federal aid is distributed to those who are eligible. The process is referred to as verification. Historically, 30% of FAFSA applications are selected each year by the federal processor for verification. Please be aware that the University is unable to confirm eligibility/disburse aid (Subsidized Loans, Unsubsidized Loans, PLUS, Grad PLUS, PELL, SEOG, Perkins Loans, Federal Work Study, SU grants, SU funds, certain State aid programs or TEACH) until verification is complete.
Schools may be required to verify any or all of the following criteria:
Household size (number of people in your household)
Number enrolled in college (number of household members attending a post-secondary educational institution at least half time)
Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or income earned from work if income is below minimum required for income tax filing
U.S. Income Tax Paid
IRS Verification of Non-filing for student/parent who will not file an IRS 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ
Untaxed Income, such as:
Payments to tax-deferred pension and retirement savings plans
Untaxed IRA distributions
Interest on tax free bonds
Child Support Paid for the base year
Receipt of Food Stamps/SNAP benefits for base and prior year
High School Completion Status
Identity/Statement of educational purpose
Please remember that your initial financial aid award is determined using the FAFSA information we have for you at that time. Participation in the verification process is not optional.