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How will I be informed if my FAFSA is selected for Verification?

The Student Financial Planning Department will post a notice to you on your MyKWU Student Portal Account, under the section titled “Financial Aid Document Tracking”.  It will provide detailed instructions of what to provide and how to provide it.  Read and follow these instructions carefully.  Check this section frequently.

 My application is selected for “Verification”?  What is “Verification” and what does it mean to me?  When is my Deadline for Completing “Verification”?

What is Verification? Verification is best thought of as a quality assurance program of the Federal Government to attempt to assure that students’ Financial Aid awards are based on accurate calculations and accurate data.  So information on your FAFSA is compared to other documents to “verify” the FAFSA data is correct.

What does it mean to me?  Your FAFSA being selected means that the Student Financial Planning Office will be unable to proceed with processing your application for financial assistance, until you “Complete Verification.”  In short, you will not receive financial aid award notification until you “Complete Verification,” which means that you would be responsible for payment of your tuition and charges in full before you will be able to move in to Residence Halls or to commence athletic competition or to attend classes.

What is my DEADLINE to COMPLETE VERIFICATION?  On a practical level, the good answer is “DO IT NOW!”  Delay serves no good purpose.  Some financial aid programs are limited in funding, and available funding may be exhausted by the time you complete Verification.   The Federal government permits you to complete Verification as late as 120 days after  you cease attending in the award year (usually this means the end of the term), or a date in late September of award year (for 15-16 this would be September 2016, specific date to be announced by USDE), whichever comes earlier.  However other deadlines crowd this, for example, if Verification is completed after the academic year or your enrollment is ended, we can’t process loans and other funds may be exhausted.  If you are having trouble completing Verification, contact the Student Financial Planning Office in the K Dub Hub for help.