College Verification

Why am I being asked to prove that my FAFSA information is accurate?

This is a process called verification and it’s common — more than one-third of FAFSA forms get verified every year. Sometimes applicants are chosen at random. Sometimes it’s because the information on the FAFSA form is inconsistent or incomplete. Colleges are responsible for doing the verification.

What does verification involve?

The college financial aid office will contact you. It’s usually just a routine request for more information.

What questions may be asked?

The financial aid office may want to confirm the number of people in your family. You may be asked about other family income (like child support) or government aid (like food stamps). You may also be asked to provide legal identification or proof that you are graduating from high school.

Can I send the same information to all of the colleges?

You will need to respond separately to each college. Each will send a form by email or regular mail, indicating what they need. Be sure to meet each college’s deadline. If there is no deadline, provide the information as quickly as possible.

If I get a verification form, that means the college has accepted me, right?

Not necessarily. Some colleges ask to verify your financial information before they’ve made a decision about admitting you. This is why you need to do this quickly. Stay in close touch with the colleges you hope to attend.