Verification is intended to improve the accuracy of the information submitted on the FAFSA. The Financial Aid office may not process requests for professional judgment or disburse federal student aid until the verification process is complete.
Financial aid administrators have the right to ask for any documentation they feel is necessary to complete verification. If the family refuses to supply this documentation, the college is prohibited from disbursing federal student aid to the student.
If an applicant uses the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer federal income tax return data to the FAFSA without modification, the unmodified data elements will not be subject to verification. Accordingly, applicants who use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool are less likely to be selected for verification. College and university financial aid administrators are strongly encouraging students to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
Students may check to see what documents are being requested in the My Documents section of their student portal