FAFSA® verification is a randomly selected process that your college or university uses to verify the information supplied on your FAFSA®. While this process isn’t unusual, it can be confusing if you’ve never done it before, and the cost of shipping documents back to your school can be an added expense some families can’t cover.
If you find yourself in this situation, you can do things to get the cost of shipping your FAFSA® verification covered.
What is FAFSA® verification?
When you are selected for verification, you will be asked to supply copies of financial documents like income tax returns, pay stubs, and W-2 statements. You are required to send this information back to qualify for financial aid. Your school can not process your aid documents until you’ve done so.
Verification is a randomly selected process that can happen before or after choosing which school you’re attending. The verification process is used to ensure you’re getting the amount of aid you need and follow-up on the data collected in the FAFSA® process.
What does the FAFSA® Verification Process Cost Me?
There is no direct cost for verification. However, in many cases, you need to send your documents back to your college or university. The cost would then be whatever it costs to ship them to the administration office.
What If I Can’t Afford to Ship My Documents Back?
If you can’t afford to cover the cost of shipping your FAFSA® verification back to your school, you should reach out to the administration office and see if they can help you.
Many schools will give you a code to use their shipping partner (UPS, FedEx, etc.) to ship the documents back free of any additional costs. For each college or university, this process is different, so make sure to reach out to your school and get all the information you need.
Once you have their shipping code, you simply need to go to their shipping partner and use it to send your documents back.
FAFSA® verification is generally not a big deal and is nothing to be worried about. However, you must get your documents returned promptly, or it could affect the amount of aid you receive.