Verification

The federal government randomly selects FAFSA applicants for a process called Verification. Students may also be flagged for verification if unusual or conflicting information is reported on the FAFSA.
The purpose of verification is to find and correct common mistakes made during the filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A student whose application is under verification must provide the necessary information to complete the verification process before need-based aid financial aid can be awarded. If the verification process is not completed, a student will not be considered for any need-based financial aid. Thus, it is important to return the information and requested documentation as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions About Verification:

  • Why was I selected for verification? - The federal government randomly selects FAFSA applicants for verification. Students may also be flagged for verification if conflicting or confusing information is reported on the FAFSA.
  • When will I be notified if I am selected for verification? - You will be notified of your selection for verification approximately 7-10 days after your FAFSA results have been received by UArts. (The result of your FAFSA is referred to as a Student Aid Report (SAR)).
  • What will I need to provide if I am selected for verification? - If your application is selected for further review, you will be asked to submit signed statements confirming information you reported when completing the FAFSA. The Office of Financial Aid will send a letter requesting the needed documentation. Examples of documentation include copy of tax forms and the verification worksheets.