Verification Process

Some students who apply for financial aid will be selected for verification by the federal processor. This federally mandated verification process uses documentation to confirm that the information provided on your FAFSA is correct to ensure that you receive all the federal financial aid to which you are entitled.

Verification Deadline

The priority deadline for federal aid is two weeks after the first request for verification documents. Students must submit all verification documentation at least two weeks prior to the end of each semester in order to qualify for federal funding in that semester.  If the student fails to complete the verification process, the file will remain incomplete and federal aid will not be awarded and/or disbursed.

If a student is selected for verification after aid has been determined, the student must complete the verification process within the same time frame as stated above in order to remain eligible for federal funds. If the student's eligibility for aid changes due to the verification process, the aid will be recalculated. 


Based on documentation provided by the student and parent, the Office of Financial Aid will update and correct information on the FAFSA accordingly. Corrections that have been made due to verification will be electronically submitted to CPS for processing.  Changes in financial aid award offers will be communicated to students through email or mail by the Office of Financial Aid.   

Office of Inspector General

If the Office of Financial Aid suspects that a student, employee, or other individual has misreported information or altered documentation to fraudulently obtain federal funds, the school will report the suspicions and provide any evidence to the Office of Inspector General.

Please see below for more information.

Verification Information