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Verification is a quality-control method used by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to check the accuracy of information submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The federal processor determines who is selected for verification. The Office of Student Financial Assistance also has the authority to select files for verification if there appears to be a conflict of information.

Students selected for verification by the federal processor are notified on their Student Aid Report (SAR). Student Financial Assistance will also notify students of their selection via an email communication to the student’s Knight’s email. Documents required to complete the review process are listed on the student’s “To Do List” on myUCF in the Student Center. Students must click on the “details” of the items to read the instructions for each item.   In order to avoid processing and disbursement delays, we have established May 30 as a priority deadline date for submitting verification documents. This institutional deadline is to aid students with the timely processing of their financial aid file.

Student Aid Report

The Student Aid Report (SAR) is a paper or electronic document that gives students some basic information about their eligibility for federal student aid and lists their answers to the questions on the FAFSA. It also provides the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number which is used by institutions to determine the student’s eligibility for financial aid.

If a valid email address is listed on the FAFSA, students will receive an email with instructions on how to access an online copy of their SAR. Typically, students can access their SAR within two weeks of filing their FAFSA.

Note: Any student with a Federal Student Aid PIN can view or print his/her SAR by clicking Login on the FAFSA on the Web home page to log in, then selecting either the PDF or HTML version of the SAR from the “My FAFSA” page.

IRS Data Retrieval Tool

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows financial aid applicants to upload the previous year’s federal tax data from the IRS to the FAFSA. Tax data will be available for transfer through the IRS Data Retrieval Tool option within a minimum of 2-3 weeks after electronic submission and acceptance of a Federal Tax Return by the IRS. Using this option may reduce the amount of documentation that our office will need to request.

Tax Return Transcript

If the IRS Data Retrieval Tool cannot be used and verification of Tax Information  is requested on your “To Do List,” you will need to obtain a 2014  Tax Return Transcript from the IRS by one of the following methods:

  1. Download and print the student and/or parent or spouse transcript immediately at www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript. Be sure to order the “Tax Return Transcript” which provides the line-by-line information from your filed tax return.
  2. Request the transcript to be mailed to your  address of record by calling 1-800-908-9946.
  3. Order the transcript by mail using the IRS Form 4506-T-EZ (available on the IRS website.)

Upon the receipt of the 2014 Federal Tax Return Transcript, attach the Verification Worksheet and any requested supporting documents, such as W2s, and fax or mail the documents to our office.
If you are selected for verification, it is essential to complete the verification process within specified deadlines to prevent any negative consequences that might affect the processing of your financial aid. Please refer to the Notification of Verification email for specific deadlines.  Federal regulations require the following:

  • Federal financial aid cannot be disbursed until verification is complete.
  • Verification may result in corrections that change your award amounts which may affect the deferment of your tuition and fees.
  • Estimated financial aid awards may be removed if verification is not completed within specified deadlines. As a result, 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 also 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, you will need to send your SAR to the federal processor for corrections. Updated SARs are provided to you by the federal processor.

  • Deadlines are provided to students via email in the Notification of Verification.
Further details and information concerning UCF's Verification policy are available in the Verifications F.A.Q. section of our website.



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