2017-2018 Verification Information
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2017-2018 Verification Information

Verification is Mandated by the Department of Education

The Department of Education randomly selects approximately 30% of all college students who submit a FAFSA for the verification process, and publishes the Federal Register outlining required documentation needed from students to compare the information reported on the FAFSA.

Our office notifies students via AP Email and/or AP OneStop if (1) they are selected for verification, (2) our office needs additional information, (3) our office makes FAFSA corrections, or (4) any award offer changes.

Processing time increases significantly during peak periods (July, August, and January).  Processing time is typically 7 to 10 business days, but may exceed 10 business days during peak processing times.

2017-2018 Dependent and Independent Student Requirements

IMPORTANT NOTE: Frequently check your AP email and AP OneStop for notification of additional needed documentation.

IRS and the Verification of Income

IRS tax information should be submitted to our office. Tax information can be obtained by following these instructions. 

2015 Tax Filing Statuses

Married but filed separate 2015 tax returns OR parents are unmarried but living together

Amended Tax Return     

Foreign Tax Return

Tax Extension

Identity Theft


Per Federal Law, 2017-2018 verification may be completed 120 days from the last day of a student's enrollment for the award year or the published deadline (September 23, 2018), whichever is earlier. If students fail to submit the requested documentation by the deadline, they forfeit any eligibility for the award year. Student loans cannot be processed after the term or semester ends in which a student was enrolled, unless certain criteria are met for a late disbursement.

NOTE: The above deadline is for verification paperwork purposes only. All other deadline dates remain the same.