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Verification

The Federal Processor determines who is selected for verification. If selected by the federal processor, the student is notified on the Student Aid Report (SAR). The Office of Student Financial Assistance also has the authority to select files for verification if there appears to be a conflict of information.

There are five verification groups for the 2013-2014 academic year.  A summary of required items for each group can be found below:

Dependent Students:
1.  Standard – Student must provide a signed copy of the 2013-2014 Dependent Verification Worksheet and 2012 tax information for student and parent either by use of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or tax transcript.
2.  SNAP – Student / Parent must verify SNAP benefits received in either 2011 or 2012.
3.  Child Support Paid – Student / Parent must verify child support paid in 2012.
4.  Custom – Student must complete an Identity Statement, provide a Statement of Educational Purpose, confirm High school completion status, verify Student / Parent SNAP benefits received, and verify Student / Parent Child Support Paid.
5.  Aggregate – Student must provide all documents in the Standard (1) and Custom (4) groups.  

Independent Students:
1.  Standard – Student must provide a signed copy of the 2013-14 Independent Verification Worksheet and 2012 tax information for student and spouse (if applicable) either by use of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or tax transcript.
2.  SNAP – Student must verify SNAP benefits received in either 2011 or 2012.
3.  Child Support Paid – Student must verify child support paid in 2012.
4.  Custom – Student must complete an Identify Statement, provide a Statement of Educational Purpose, confirm high school completion status, verify SNAP benefits received, and verify child support paid.
5.  Aggregate – Student must provide all documents in the Standard (1) and Custom (4) groups.  

If a student's application has been selected for verification, the student will be notified and must submit additional documents. The required documents will be listed on the To Do List. Students must click on the details of the items to read the instructions for each item. For timely deferments and/or disbursements, documents should be submitted at least 60 days prior to the beginning of the semester.

If selected, there are negative consequences resulting from failure to complete verification within specified deadlines. Please refer to the notification of verification e-mail for specific deadlines. Our goal is to help you to avoid these consequences. Federal verification regulations require the following:

  • Federal financial aid cannot be disbursed until verification is complete.
  • Verification may result in corrections that change your award amounts and the deferment of tuition and fees.
  • Estimated financial aid awards may be removed if verification is not completed within specified deadlines. Any deferred tuition and fees become due immediately.

The Office of Student Financial Assistance may require other documentation on a case by case basis for certain data elements, such as child support, proof of separation or divorce, or any other items deemed necessary.

Corrections need to be made for information that is not accurate, which could affect your ability to receive aid. If you completed your FAFSA online, then simply follow directions to make corrections. If you did the paper FAFSA, then you will need to send your Student Aid Report (SAR) to the Federal Processor for corrections. Updated Student Aid Reports (SARs) are provided by the federal processor.

  • Deadlines are provided to students via e-mail in the Notice of Verification.
  • Further details and information concerning UCF's Verification Policy are available in the Verifications F.A.Q. section of our Web site.

 

 
 

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