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STEP 2: Verification of Financial Aid

Updated: 04/23/2015

Verification is the second step in the financial aid process. Financial aid verification is a process to validate required documents and data provided on the application.

When students submit an application for any form of financial aid funding, be it a grant, a scholarship, a loan, a tuition waiver, or any other benefits to assist in educational expenses (tuition, fees, room, board, books, supplies, transportation, personal expenses), verification is part of the process, as it...

  • Ensures accurate data

  • Ensures eligibility

  • Ensures required documents and supportive materials are complete and submitted

Frequently Asked Questions about Financial Aid Verification


  • Verification is a process to validate the data that you supplied on your FAFSA.

    If you are selected for verification, your college is required to collect and review documentation to verify the information you provided on your FAFSA.

    Students selected for verification will not receive financial aid funds until all requested documentation has been submitted by the student and verified by Maricopa Community Colleges.


  • The verification process is mandated by federal law, requiring the Department of Education to randomly select students’ FAFSA records for verification. Verification occurs to ensure that the information provided on the FAFSA is accurate.

    In general, about 30% of all students who apply for financial aid are randomly selected by the federal government for the verification process.

    If you are selected for verification, it does not mean you have done something wrong. The verification process ensures that eligible students receive all of the financial aid they are entitled to for an academic year.


  • Your Student Aid Report (SAR) will indicate whether or not your FAFSA application has been selected for verification. Your SAR can be accessed via a link sent to you by the Department of Education.

    Look for an asterisk (*) next to your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) figure and read the message within the document.

    You can also access information via your Online Message Center. The Financial Aid Office will post information in your “To Do List” within your Online Student Center to let you know that you have been selected for verification.

 

Please Note: the financial aid award process is not valid until the verification process is complete. The suggested award amount(s) mentioned on your FAFSA Confirmation and on the SAR are not valid and will not be awarded until the verification process is complete. Award amounts may change upon completion of the verification process.

 

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