Verification

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 process any need-based aid (Subsidized Loans, PELL, SEOG, Perkins, Federal Work Study, SU grants, SU funds 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
  • Untaxed Income, such as:
    • Payments to tax-deferred pension and retirement savings plans
    • Untaxed IRA distributions
    • Untaxed pensions
    • IRA deductions
    • 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.