Verification is the process used to check the accuracy of the information reported on the FAFSA. The federal processor randomly selects applications for verification. Typically about 20% of our applicants are selected to be verified.
How will you know if you have been selected for verification
- Your Federal Student Aid Report (SAR) will indicate if you have been selected.
- You will be sent a Verification Worksheet from Student Financial Services. The worksheet will tell you what documents you are required to submit.
What you have to do
You must retrieve your IRS data using either the IRS Data Retrieval Tool through FAFSA or submitting a IRS Tax Return Transcript.
What happens if you don't complete verification
Verification must be completed before your financial aid can be applied to your student account and no later than the end of the first semester of enrollment for the academic school year. If verification is not completed by then, all academic year federal, state, and need-based Puget Sound aid will be canceled. Many sources of financial aid have limited funding. You are encouraged to complete verification by May 15 in order to have access to as many sources of funding as possible.
Verification may change your financial aid award
If the information on your FAFSA is different than the information on your U.S Income Tax Return and Verification Worksheet, your financial aid award could be affected. You will be notified by email if a change in eligibility occurred as the result of the verification process.