Verification

The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions to verify those students who are selected for verification. This process confirms all information submitted on the FAFSA for accuracy and completeness. The Financial Aid Office will request from the student the forms needed to satisfy this process. Some forms we request are available online. If the forms requested to complete verification are not provided by the student, then financial aid cannot be provided to the student.

Students who are selected for verification will be placed in one of six groups to determine which FAFSA information is required to be verified. The Financial Aid Office will contact you if you are selected.

Examples of information that may be requested are as follows:

  1. The previous year’s tax returns signed. For Example: for the 2016 – 2017 FAFSA, 2015 tax returns are required. A dependant student must submit a copy of their parent’s tax returns as well.
  2. A EPIC verification Worksheet to be completed. All sections may be completed, even though it may not apply (enter 0’s or NA).
  3. A student and/or parent who is not required to complete tax return / Non-filer must complete a Low Income Verification form and a Student Parent Certification of Non Filing.
  4. Additional documents may be required. Please visit the Financial Aid Links and Forms page. Note: you must have Adobe PDF Reader to view the forms.