My Financial Aid Office Has Selected Me for Verification. What Does That Mean?

If you are selected for verification, don’t panic. The U.S. Department of Education selects students for validation of information submitted on the FAFSA. This process helps colleges and the federal government limit abuse so that financial aid is available to students who truly need it. Colleges are required to verify student aid applications submitted each year. Some colleges verify all applications. This is a routine process and is not related to the Form 8863 tax filing delay.

Your college will ask you to complete a federal verification worksheet and provide supporting documentation to verify the information on your aid application. Supporting documentation may include a marriage certificate, a Social Security card, bank statements or federal income tax transcripts. If you are selected for verification and have questions or concerns, contact the college’s financial aid administrators. They should be able to help you through the process.

**Please note: If you have been selected for verification and need assistance with understanding your next steps, you can consult for free with a Student Aid Advisor by calling Student Financial Aid Services at 877-323-7224.

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