Roughly 30% of students are selected for a process called Verification. Verification involves the collection of specific documents that allow for an institution to ensure the FAFSA is accurate. If selected, our office will reach out to you by mail and/or email within 2 weeks of receiving your FAFSA (starting in December).
What Information is Needed for Verification?
Depending on the verification group you have been selected for, you will have to provide a variety of documents to complete the specific process. There are 3 verification groups:
V1: Standard Verification
This verification group looks at the household size,
number in college, and tax/income information.
Household SizeThis verification item looks at how many people qualify as living in the household. The following people count as being in the household of a dependent student’s parents, per the FAFSA’s instructions:
Even if the student is not living with the parents, he or she counts as being in the household. You must exclude a parent who has died or is not living in the household because of separation or divorce.
If the student’s brother or sister will be receiving more than half their support from the parent(s) during the academic year, they count as being in the parent’s household.
Other persons who live with and receive more than half their support from the student’s parent(s) and who will continue to receive more than half their support for the entire award year.
Number in College
This verification item looks at how many people in the household are attending/will be attending college at least part time for the upcoming academic year. Count yourself as a college student. Only include other people living in the household that are also attending college at least half time. DO NOT include parents who are attending college.
Tax and Income Information
This part of the verification process will require confirmation of your income. This will include items such as W-2s, schedule Cs, schedule K-1s, and tax return transcripts/FAFSA Data Retrieval. See more information below.
I have income but did not file a tax return?
I filed a tax return and need to provide my IRS Tax Return Transcript…
How Do I request my IRS Tax Return Transcript?
If you or your parent(s) have a special tax filing situation (amended tax return, victim of IRS Identity Theft, or a Tax Extension beyond the automatic extension), please contact our office for further information or see below of some examples that may occur:
Other Verification Types: V4 and V5
There are two other verification groups that students can be selected to, the V4 and V5 groups:
Within this verification group, we will need to verify your high school completion, your identity, and you will need to sign a statement of educational purpose. Here are helpful videos to guide you in this process:
The V5 verification group is one where the students must be verified on all levels. All V1 verification items must be submitted, along with the requirements of V4 being met. Please see the above verification groups for further information on these requirements for both V1 and V4.
All verification groups require specific forms to be filled out and submitted with the necessary documentation. Please visit our Forms and Resources page to find all of the verification worksheets and forms!