A student's application for federal financial aid may be selected for review by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) in a process called "Verification". Financial Aid Regulations says that schools have the right to ask for financial information and other information, as it applies to your application, before awarding federal aid.
The verification process requires that a student's application be reviewed based on specific pre-determined criteria set by the school. The federal verification process is a random selection process. It is usually a more in-depth review of the student's application data, as set according to the Department of Education's Student Aid Handbook.
The verification process requires that information from the student's application be compared with copies of the student's, spouse's (if married) and parents' (if dependent) federal tax form or financial documents. Other documentation may be required as it applies to the information on the application. Notification to students is sent via email (Regent University email account) stating that there are outstanding requirements. The student's Genisys account will also list the document requirements and the status.
Each year about 30 percent of students' financial aid applications nationwide are chosen for verification. The main reasons for being selected for verification include that you were chosen randomly, the FAFSA you submitted was incomplete, your FAFSA contains estimated information or the data you provided on the FAFSA is inconsistent. Verification is a federal regulation. Students who are selected for verification are not being punished; rather verification prevents ineligible students from receiving aid by reporting false information and ensures that eligible students receive all of the aid for which they are qualified.
If you are selected for verification, the Central Financial Aid Office is required to verify the accuracy of the following items found on the FAFSA:
- household size
- number enrolled in college
- adjusted gross income (AGI)
- U.S. income tax paid
- certain untaxed income and benefits
Verification Document Requirements
To assist in the verification of the items above, the following documents are required. You should only provide tax documents if we request them.
- 2009-10 Verification Worksheet
- Signed student federal tax returns for prior tax year, if filed
- Student W2s for prior tax year
- Signed spouse federal tax returns for prior tax year (if married), if filed
- Spouse W2s for prior tax year (if married)
- Parent federal tax returns for prior tax year (if dependent student), if filed
- Parent W2s for prior tax year (if dependent student)
- Schedule C/CEZ for prior tax year (if self-employed)
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