What is Verification?

What is verification? Verification is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Education and is the process of confirming information submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Averett will be comparing your FAFSA with your 2015 IRS Federal Tax Transcript and other requested documentation to complete your verification.

Please submit these documents within the next 14 days in order to determine your financial aid and not jeopardize losing funds that could be available. This review must be conducted under the Federal Financial Aid Program rules (34 CFR, Part 668). If there are differences between your application information and the verification documents, we will make the corrections and send the required changes electronically to the federal student aid processor to have your information reprocessed.

Once the process of verification is completed and your financial award eligibility is determined you will be notified of how to proceed. Your notification will be sent to the email addresses you list on your FAFSA and your Averett email address.

NOTE: students should only complete federal verification documents if they have been selected for verification and have been notified by the Office of Financial Aid. Students completing verification requirements for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic year will need to verify 2015 income tax information. Click here for “Verifications Process Options.”

If during verification it is determined that false or misleading information was provided willfully, the application would be referred to the U. S. Department of Education.