What is verification?

Verification is a method used to validate the accuracy of information and data reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and for resolving conflicting information in a student’s financial aid record. Because students sometimes make errors on their application, colleges have procedures for verifying the reported information. The verification process is required by law (for selected student records), and compares FAFSA data with the information supplied on the verification worksheet and with the signed copies of needed financial and other documents. Dependent students must submit signed copies of required documents for themselves and parents; independent students must submit signed copies of required documents for themselves and spouse (if applicable).

How are students selected?

Students are selected for verification either by CPS (Central Processing System) of the U.S. Department of Education or by the institution. If an institution has any information on an application that is inaccurate or conflicting, it is required to verify the information.

How are students notified?

A Missing Information Email (MIE) is sent to students based on Central Processing System codes (these codes result from information students submitted on their FAFSA forms). Students accepted to the college can also check for any required FA documents on their GTC4Me account via “My FA Documents.” The Department of Education requires us to verify the accuracy of FAFSA data. We may ask you to submit to our office documents such as a federal tax return transcript and/or W2s to complete your file. The FA forms are available online. Financial aid may not be awarded until the verification process has been completed.

What are verification documents?

A student may be required to submit one or more of the following verification forms.

How does the college make corrections?

Financial Aid processors make corrections to a student’s record from completed forms and documentation submitted by the student. The corrections are sent electronically to CPS, which in turn sends the college a new ISIR (Institutional Student Information Report). This process may take 2 to 10 days to return the corrected ISIR. At that time, the record is completed.