What is Verification?

What is Verification?

Verification is a Federal aid eligibility requirement operated by the Financial Aid Office in which students are requested to document certain data elements of their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our Financial Aid Office verifies all students who are selected by the Department of Education to be verified, and we may use discretion in selecting students on an individual basis as well. Some items that are required to be confirmed include: taxable income, family size, and untaxed income. If selected, this process must take place prior to the payment of your Federal aid to your account at Swarthmore. 

How do I know if I have been selected for Verification?

You can check your Student Aid Report (SAR) to see if your FAFSA was selected for Verification by the Department of Education.  You had been sent this SAR soon after you completed your FAFSA. If you have been selected, you will see an asterisk (*) next to your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

The Financial Aid Office will also reach out via email correspondence to notify you that you have been selected. This email will be sent to your Swarthmore College email address only.

How do I complete the Verification process?

  • The Financial Aid Office will use your parent's 2016 Federal Tax Return, collected in your financial aid application, to verify the figures in your FAFSA.
  • If you, the student, had filed a 2016 Federal Tax Return, we will need a signed copy to complete the process. You may submit this document via the College Board IDOC Service or by email by including “VERIF (your ID number)” in the subject line of the email to finaid@swarthmore.edu 
  • Complete the Federal Verification Online Worksheet. The Federal Verification Online Worksheet will have been sent to you, the student, in an email from the Financial Aid Office and is designed to help ease the process for you. You have been sent a personalized link, which you may share with your parent in order to have them sign the online document. If you are having trouble using the Federal Verification Online Worksheet, you may alternately complete the 2018-19 Verification Worksheet [PDF]

What is the deadline to complete the Verification process?

If you are selected for Verification, you have 30 days from the date of notification to submit the required documentation. No Federal financial aid funds will be credited to your account until the Verification process is complete. Failure to submit the required documentation within 30 days may result in loss of all Federal financial aid as well as any other aid that could be affected by the result of the Verification process.

How will I learn the results of the Verification process?

You will be notified of the result of Verification via an updated award notice, even if the verification process resulted in no change to your financial aid.