Verification is a process created by the U.S. Department of Education to confirm the accuracy of information provided on the FAFSA. The verification process requires the Office of Financial Aid to verify or confirm the data reported by you and/or your parent(s) on the FAFSA.
Approximately 30% of all FAFSA applicants are selected for verification. Your Student Aid Report (SAR) will indicate if you have been selected.
If you are selected for verification, and requirements were not completed by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, an email will be sent to your AUM email account, and you will be required to provide documentation to verify the information you reported on the FAFSA. All updates are viewable via your MyAUM account.
The documentation requested will be determined by the tracking group in which you were selected. Some common documents requested include but are not limited to, federal tax return transcripts for student (and parent(s)/spouse), verification of non-filing status, untaxed income, identity and statement of educational purpose, verification of SNAP benefits, verification of household size and number in college, etc. Verification worksheets are available toward the bottom of the Financial Aid Office home page.
Please provide requested documentation as soon as possible. Documentation must be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the term you plan to attend. Failure to meet this deadline will result in a delay in your financial aid being processed and awarded, and make it necessary for you to be prepared to pay your entire balance out-of-pocket or setup the installment plan with the Office of Student Accounts to ensure your classes are not cancelled on the registration cancellation date.
The verification process is not complete and federal financial aid will not be awarded until all submitted documentation has been verified by the Office of Financial Aid.
The Office of Financial Aid will make any necessary corrections to the results of your FAFSA after all documentation has been received and reviewed. You will receive a corrected SAR from the federal processor, if corrections were necessary. You will receive an initial or revised award notification after the process is complete. Typically, the award notification will be sent between 5 to 10 business days after the process is complete.