Approximately 30% of all FAFSAs received by USA each year will be selected by the Federal Processor for a process of review called verification.
When a FAFSA is submitted, the Federal Processor performs database matches by comparing application data with the Social Security Administration, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Selective Service System, National Student Loan Data System, and others. Depending on the outcome of these database matches, a student may be required to submit additional documentation to USA for a process called verification. Verification is a review process which requires documentation of select data elements of a student's FAFSA. In this review, the financial aid staff compares the FAFSA with information provided in the required verification documents.
If a student's FAFSA is selected for verification, they will be notified through their JagMail email account. The documents that are required can be viewed in PAWS under “My Eligibility”. To expedite this process, students should send all required documents together at one time. When submitted documents are reviewed, it may become necessary to request additional information. Students will be made aware of these requests via JagMail.
The Office of Financial Aid will make corrections to the FAFSA, if necessary, as a result of verification. Students will be notified by the Federal Processor and/or our office either with a corrected FAFSA or a revised aid offer notification. A FAFSA that is completed correctly will not require corrections.
Failure to have a complete financial aid file at least 60 days prior to the beginning of each term may delay or prevent receipt of aid. If this is the case, students will be responsible for payment of any charges on their student account or their schedule may be cancelled.
Referrals will be made to the Office of Inspector General should there be allegations of fraud or other criminal misconduct in connection with an applicant’s application for financial aid.
Verification: Frequently Asked Questions
No, you must list your parents' information under the parent section. If unusual circumstances exist, please check with the Office of Financial Aid before submitting your FAFSA.