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Verification

Verification is the process used to check the accuracy of the information reported on the FAFSA. The federal processor selects applications for verification. Typically about 20% of our applicants are selected to be verified. 

How will I know if I have been selected for verification?

  1. Your Federal Student Aid Report (SAR) will indicate if you have been selected.
  2. You will be prompted to complete a Verification Worksheet from Student Financial Services. The worksheet will tell you what documents you are required to submit.

What do i have to do?

Complete all pages of the Verification Worksheet closely following each section's instructions. If you filed a 2018 Tax Return, you must provide your 2018 IRS tax data using one of the following 3 options: the IRS Data Retrieval Tool through the FAFSA, a copy of your 2018 Income Tax Return and Schedules 1-3 signed and dated, or an IRS issued 2018 Tax Return Transcript obtained through the IRS "Get Transcript" website. Make sure you hand sign and date the last page and return the completed worksheet to Student Financial Services (sfs@pugetsound.edu). Continuing students are encouraged to complete verification by April 2020 in order to have access to as many sources of funding as possible for the 2020-2021 academic year.

can Verification change my financial aid award?

If the information on your FAFSA is different than the information on your 2018 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.

What happens if I don't complete verification?

For continuing students, verification must be completed before your financial aid can be applied to your student account. If verification is not completed by June 15th, 2020 when we publish aid for the following academic year, you will only receive your merit scholarship. Once verification is complete, you will receive your full aid package based on the results of us verifying your FAFSA data. We recommend completing verification as soon as possible as many sources of financial aid have limited funding and you may not be able to receive aid you would otherwise be eligible for (such as work study).

If verification is not completed by the end of the first semester of enrollment for the academic school year, all federal, state, and need-based Puget Sound aid will be canceled.