Verification

Verification is the process in which Student Financial Aid Services compares information you report on the FAFSA with prior-year tax returns, W-2 forms, and other financial documentation according to federal and state regulations.

You may be randomly selected for verification by the federal central processing system. You may also be selected by SFAS if your financial aid information includes discrepancies or missing information.

If your application is selected for verification, you will receive a letter indicating the specific information needed to verify the data you supplied on your FAFSA. All documentation must be received before we can disburse federal and state aid. If there are differences between the data you supplied on your FAFSA and the verification documentation, corrections may be needed and your application will be reprocessed.

If you are a New Jersey resident receiving state aid, you may be selected for state verification. If you receive an applicant-information request from the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (NJHESAA), you must forward all requested information and financial documents directly to NJHESAA in Trenton. In some instances, NJHESAA may request the same information as Student Financial Aid Services. You must forward this information to them as well to avoid a delay and/or loss of your state aid.

As part of the FAFSA processing, the U.S. Department of Education also verifies some of your information by contacting the following federal agencies:

  • Social Security Administration (to verify Social Security numbers and US citizenship status)
  • Selective Service System (if applicable)
  • Immigration and Naturalization Service (if applicable)
  • Department of Justice (to verify that you have not been denied federal student aid by the courts as the result of a drug-related conviction)
  • Department of Veteran Affairs (if applicable, to verify veterans’ status and dependency information)

It is extremely important that you respond to requests for information promptly. Finalized financial aid packages are processed in the order of file-completion date. To ensure your package is prepared prior to the start of the fall semester, you must provide all required information and/or documentation by May 15 prior to the academic year.

Student Financial Aid Services must receive all required documentation 30 days prior to the end of the semester or award period. This requirement enables us to process and authorize disbursements within time frames permitted under the regulations to administer the federal and state aid programs.