What is verification? Verification is a process initiated by the Department of Education at the time you submit your Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students selected for verification are required to submit certain documents to the college’s financial aid office to verify the information provided on the FAFSA.
How do I know if I have been selected? You will be notified by your post-secondary institution if you have been selected for verification. Check your college account or college email! Your college will either show an alert on your account or send you an email. However, your college cannot notify you that you have been selected for verification unless they have your FAFSA on file. Click on your alerts or contact your college’s financial aid office to see what documents they are requesting from you.
What do I do if I am selected for verification? If you are selected for verification, contact your school’s financial aid office. Sometimes linking your FAFSA back to the IRS website will be sufficient. Other times, you will need to collect copies of the documents requested by the financial aid office. Once all paperwork is submitted, the financial aid office will make corrections and process your financial aid.
Remember, it can take up to 4 weeks for the financial aid office to process your paperwork and processing documents may trigger the need for other documents to be submitted so the sooner, the better. Simply turning in documents does not mean that you have completed verification. The review process at the college is considered part of verification.
What does it mean to complete verification? This means the college has verified all documents that have been submitted and there are no other outstanding requirements. Simply submitting all requested documents does not mean the verification process is complete.
It is your responsibility to confirm with the post-secondary institution that your admissions and financial aid files are processed, verified and ready for award.
What happens if I do not complete verification? Not all students are selected for verification. However, if you have been selected for verification and it is not completed, then you will not receive any of your state or federal aid until it has been completed. It will not only affect your TN Promise but all of your funding will be on hold until verification is completed. This process can be confusing so on stay on top of it!
If you have been selected for verification and you aren’t sure if it has been completed or if you are not sure if you have been selected for verification then contact your post-secondary institution’s financial aid office!