Verification Process

Each aid year, the federal processor (US Department of Education) randomly selects students who file the FAFSA for review in a process called verification.  It is the responsibility of the college or university the student attends to collect certain financial documents and verify that the information on the FAFSA is accurate and complete.

SUNY Adirondack is notified when a student is selected for verification and it is our current policy to send a tracking letter formally requesting the documents and enclosing the verification worksheet.  You can also view the "Requirements" category within the Financial Aid section of your Self-Service Banner account to see which documents we need to complete the process.  In most cases, we need to simply collect a tax transcript of the prior year's federal tax returns (if student and/or parent did not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool within FAFSA) and a signed verification worksheet.  A student must complete the verification process before we can review his/her financial aid application and determine eligibility for aid.

You can avoid unnecessary delays in processing by:

  • completing all sections of the verification worksheet - if something doesn't apply to you, enter zero which indicates you have read and answered the question
  • making sure the verification worksheet is signed
  • promptly submitting requested documents - or re-submitting if an item is returned to you for completion or signature
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