What does verification mean, and what do I do?

I've been notified that my FAFSA application requires "verification".

This is a routine request that only means you may need to provide us with some additional materials - verification worksheets, tax returns, W-2 forms, Social Security cards, and/or citizenship documents (or some combination of these). Most often those requiring verification will have to fill out and submit to us:

  • A Dependent or Independent Verification Worksheet
  • Your signed tax return and parent tax return(s) if you are a dependent student (Misplaced the requested tax info? Contact the IRS).
  • You should have received a letter from the Department of Education about what you needed to submit. Make sure you complete all required steps. If you still have questions, call us!

More information on completing the FAFSA is available on the U.S. Department of Education Web site.

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