FAQs on Verifications
- What is Verification?
Verification is a process mandated by the Department of Education that requires institutions of higher education to review and ensure the accuracy of information provided on the FAFSA.
- Who gets chosen for Verification?
Students are selected for federal verification for a variety of reasons. Some selections are completely random while others may be prompted by missing or inconsistent data. Being selected for verification does not necessarily mean anything was done wrong.
- I've been selected for Verification, what should I do now?
Check your SHUAwards in order to see what documents are needed and submit them as soon as possible. The documents are typically the following:
- Verification Worksheet
- Tax return transcript form a prior tax year for student and/or parent(s); however we strongly suggest you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) instead
- W-2s for students and/or parent(s); (this is only required if the student or parent DID NOT file a tax return)
Submit all required documents by September 1st to avoid having federal aid removed from your award package.
- Will Verification affect my award?
If the information initially provided on the FAFSA is deemed accurate, the award will not change. If corrections need to be made, awards may be adjusted as a result. Please note that no federal aid can be processed until verification is complete.