Verification is a review process that a school must use to confirm that data reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is accurate for those students selected by the U.S. Department of Education. The school has the authority to contact the student for documentation that supports income and other information reported on the FAFSA.
NOTE: If a student is selected for Verification, that student should not make any additional corrections to the FAFSA unless specifically advised by the UAFS Financial Aid Office. If a student makes an unauthorized correction themselves, this could cause delays in the Verification process.
What is the Verification process at UAFS?
Once a student (and parent, if dependent) has signed and submitted the FAFSA using the FSA ID, the student will be notified immediately if they have been selected for Verification in their Student Aid Report (SAR). It can take an additional 5-7 business days for the UAFS Financial Aid Office to receive the completed FAFSA.
When the UAFS Financial Aid Office receives a FAFSA that has been selected for Verification, that student will be notified of the required documentation via their UAFS email account. The requirements will also be viewable in the student’s My.UAFS account under “View my financial aid status.”
Once the student has been notified of the required documentation, that student may visit UAFS Financial Aid Verification webpage for the appropriate Verification forms or the student may access the appropriate forms from their My.UAFS account under “View my financial aid status.”
The student would need to print the forms, complete the forms entirely, and sign the forms. If parent information is/was required on the FAFSA, the parent will also need to sign the Verification forms as well.
The student (and parent(s), if dependent) would also be required to provide a Tax Return Transcript, if they filed taxes for the appropriate year. If the student (and parent(s), if dependent) use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA, they would not be required to provide Tax Return Transcript documentation.
Once all appropriate forms have been completed and signed, those forms would then need to be submitted to the UAFS Financial Aid Office.
Once all completed forms have been received by the UAFS Financial Aid Office, that student’s file will be processed within 2 weeks. Additional information may be required. If additional information is required, that student will be contacted via UAFS email and processing may be delayed depending on student response time. Corrections may be made, by a financial aid advisor, to the FAFSA based on information included in Verification documents.
Once a student’s financial aid has been processed, the student will receive an award notification and may view their financial aid awards in their My.UAFS account under “View my financial aid status.”
What if corrections need to be made to the FAFSA?
Any necessary corrections to financial information or household size will be made by the UAFS Financial Aid Office through the Verification process.
Any necessary corrections to student demographic information, dependency questions, or parent personal or marital information will be expected to be made by the student and/or parent.
Any corrections made to the FAFSA may take an additional 5-7 business days to be processed and returned to UAFS, if our federal school code (001110) is on the FAFSA.
What if I can’t provide parental information due to extenuating circumstances?
If you cannot answer “Yes” to the FAFSA dependency questions and are therefore required to include your parent information; however, due to extenuating circumstances such as abuse or abandonment you cannot or should not have contact with your parent you may complete a Dependency Appeal Form and the Independent Verification Worksheet. If your dependency appeal is approved, the UAFS Financial Aid Office may use Professional Judgment to override your dependency status for FAFSA purposes. This would require additional action each year the student is seeking aid at UAFS. You must meet with a Financial Aid Advisor to request the Dependency Appeal Form.
What if my family’s financial situation has changed since I completed the FAFSA?
If your family’s financial situation has changed since you completed your FAFSA such as parent losing a job due to business closure or layoff, or a parent has become deceased, or your parents have divorced/separated, you may complete a Special Circumstance Appeal and the Verification Worksheet. If the appeal is approved, the UAFS Financial Aid Office may use Professional Judgment to adjust the finances reported on the FAFSA to re-evaluate your financial aid eligibility. You must meet with a Financial Aid Advisor to request the Special Circumstance Appeal Form.
NOTE: If you choose to pursue a Dependency Appeal or a Special Circumstance Appeal, you must first complete the Verification process. This will include completing the appropriate Verification Worksheet and providing additional financial information. See instructions on the appropriate forms. This may delay your financial aid award.