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FAFSA Verification

This process is required to ensure that all aid is awarded to students according to federal, state, and institutional regulations. If selected, the verification process must be completed before financial aid can be awarded.

The U.S. Department of Education or the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships may, at any time, select applications for verification based upon the FAFSA information provided.

Note: If a student makes subsequent changes to their FAFSA, it is their responsibility to notify the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships immediately, since any change could affect their Financial Aid eligibility, and in some instances drastically increase or decrease their initial eligibility status.

 Financial aid applicants for the 2020-2021 award year, selected for verification, must complete the process by the deadline of September 18, 2021 (subject to change by the Department of Education) or 120 days after the last day of the student’s enrollment, whichever is earlier.

 All Verification Forms are found online and submitted electronically via Gulfline.

  • What is Verification?

  • Why is my FAFSA being verified?

  • How will I be notified if I have been selected for verification?

  • What documents/forms do I need to submit?

  • Where and how do I send these documents/forms?

  • How long does the process take?

  • What happens if there are discrepancies with my FAFSA?

  • How can I check the status of my verification?

  • How do I verify my income?

  • How do I transfer my tax data to the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool?

  • If I am unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, can I submit a copy of signed taxes?

  • Is there a deadline to complete Verification?