What is verification?
Verification is proof through documentation that the information provided on a student's FAFSA is correct. The federal government requires colleges and universities to verify or confirm the data students and their parent(s) reported on the FAFSA.
Who is selected?
Typically, about one-third of students are selected for verification. However, some schools verify all students.
Why was a student selected for verification?
Verification selection can be random. It could also be that the FAFSA submitted was incomplete, used estimated information, or provided inconsistent data. The verification process is a federal requirement to ensure that eligible students receive all the aid they qualify for and prevent ineligible students from receiving aid.
How does a student know they were selected for verification?
On the top of the Student Aid Report (SAR), they will see the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The FAFSA was selected for verification if there is an asterisk (*) behind the EFC number. Students selected for verification may also be notified directly from the college(s) they have applied to via mail, email, or the student portal.