The Verification Process

The first question with Verification is “Have I been selected?” Not everyone has to turn these documents into the Financial Aid Office. If you are selected then you will receive an email about outstanding requirements and you will have the verification requirements posted to your UNCGenie.

What is Verification? Verification is a process mandated by the U.S. Department of Education requiring schools to verify self-reported data provided on the FAFSA to ensure its accuracy.

Verification is intended to ensure that students receive the maximum aid for which they are eligible, NOT because fraud or misrepresentation is suspected.

What do I do if I am selected? The UNCG Financial Aid Office will notify the student (not the parent) via UNCG Email with information on completing the process.

COMMON DOCUMENTS INCLUDE (Note: type of documents required will vary from school to school):

  • Completion of the Verification Worksheet
  • Copies of Tax Information for the appropriate year. (For example the 2017-2018 FAFSA uses 2015 Tax Information).
    • If you filed taxes then we will need a Tax Return Transcript or you may have already completed the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
    • If you did not file taxes then you will need to complete the Non-Filing form attached to the Verification worksheet. If you did not file but had income then we will need you a copy of your W2s.

What happens after I submit my information? 

1. Once you begin submitting documentation the Financial Aid Office will review the documents to be sure they are complete. This can normally take two to three weeks depending upon the volume of all student paperwork being submitted.
2. If the documents are incomplete (missing signatures, questions are left blank, etc.) we will request that the documents be resubmitted with the information necessary to make them complete. NOTE: Each time you have to resubmit information the process starts over. Because processing can take two to three weeks you need to be sure your documents are COMPLETE when you first submit them.
3. Once all documents are complete, the Financial Aid Office will review the information and compare it with the information reported on the FAFSA.
4. During the review, if the information submitted raises additional questions for which we need clarification, we may ask for more documentation. NOTE: If you have to submit additional information the process starts over so respond to these requests as quickly as possible.

What happens if there are discrepancies in the application?
If discrepancies are found, the Financial Aid Office will make corrections to your FAFSA. If the corrections lead to a change in your eligibility, the Financial Aid Office will revise your award.