Verification involves the collection of specific documents that allow for an institution to ensure the FAFSA is accurate.

Roughly 30% of students are selected for a process called Verification.

If selected, our office will reach out to you by mail and/or email within two weeks of receiving your FAFSA.

Standard Verification

Standard Verification

This verification group looks at household size, number in college, tax/income information, and 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.

The following people count as being in the household of a dependent student’s parents, per the FAFSA’s instructions:

Student’s Parents
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.
Student’s Siblings
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
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.

V4 and V5 Verification

V4 and V5 Verification

There are two other verification groups that students can be selected to.

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.

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. They should be submitted through our Secure Document Uploader.

See below to print out a PDF format of these forms for the 2023 – 2024  Academic Year.

Stop by our office

We will be more than happy to sit down and assist you with filling out these forms.

Lower Level Hamilton Commons
Phone: 989-463-7347