The process of confirming that the data reported on your FAFSA is accurate. The Financial Aid Office will contact you for documentation that supports income and other information that you reported.
Verification is a review process in which the Financial Aid Office determines the accuracy of various data elements reported by the student/parent on the student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The U.S. Department of Education selects a percentage of aid applicants for verification and Alma College selects additional students if conflicting information is present. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information and our forms and resources page for the verification worksheets.
This document will provide helpful tips to completing the verification process. Additionally, many frequently asked questions are answered. Verification Guide
Tax Information Retrieval
The verification process will require proof of your income. If you and/or your parents filed a tax return for the previous year, that tax information will need to be verified with the FAFSA Data Retrieval Tool or the IRS Tax Return Transcript. Please reference our Tax Information Sheet for assistance with the FAFSA Data Retrieval Tool and the IRS Tax Return Transcript.