Verification is the confirmation through documentation that the information provided on a student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is correct. The federal government requires colleges and universities to verify or confirm the data reported by students and their parent(s) on the FAFSA. The verification process ensures that eligible students receive all the financial aid to which they are entitled and prevents ineligible students from receiving financial aid to which they are not entitled.
- How will I know if I am selected for verification?
- Why was I selected for verification?
- What do I have to submit and where do I send it?
- What happens once I submit my documents and how long does it take?
- What if I don’t want to complete the verification process?
How will I know if I am selected for verification?
You may be selected for verification either by the federal processor or by the Financial Aid Office (FAO). If you are selected for verification by the federal processor, there will be an asterisk next to your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on your Student Aid Report (SAR). You will also be informed of having been selected for verification in the SAR acknowledgment letter, which will be included with your SAR documents.
If you are selected for verification by the FAO, you will be notified on the first page of your award letter if you are a new student, or an email will be sent to your email account. if you are a continuing student. Both notifications will inform you of this selection. You can be selected for verification at any time during the academic year so it is very important you check your email on a regular basis.
Why was I selected for Verification?
The main reasons for being selected for verification include that you were chosen randomly, the FAFSA you submitted was incomplete, your FAFSA contains estimated information or the data you provided on the FAFSA is inconsistent. Verification is a federal regulation. Students who are selected for verification are not being punished; rather, verification prevents ineligible students from receiving aid by reporting false information and ensures that eligible students receive all of the aid for which they are qualified.
What do I have to submit and where do I send it?
Once you are selected for verification all requirements will be provided to you by email or hardcopy.
- Copy of student’s and parent’s federal income tax transcript (for the tax year prior to the current aid year)
- Dependent verification worksheet from FAO
- Parent asset worksheet from FAO (if business income, investments and/or rental property is listed on tax transcripts)
- Student’s (and spouse’s, if applicable) federal income tax transcript or IRS Letter of Non Filer
- Independent verification worksheet from FAO
Please note that additional documentation may be requested from the FAO discretion. If additional documents are requested, an email will be sent to you. Do not wait to submit your documents. If you are selected for verification, you must submit all documents within 30 days to be eligible for the maximum financial aid.
You can submit all documents to us by the following ways:
The quickest and easiest way to submit your documents is by fax, mail, or in person to the FAO.
Professional Career Training Institute
227 West Airtex Boulevard
Houston, TX 77090
Please make sure your first and last name, and student ID number is written on each page submitted. We do not accept documents through email.
What happens once I submit my documents?
Once you submit the documents to our office, you can continue to check the status of your documents through email or in person in the FAO.
If you submit the documents to our office, please allow two to three business days for the status to be updated. There is no need to send multiple documents unless you have given it sufficient processing time.
Once FAO has received all your verification requirements and they are satisfied on your, we can now begin the verification process. This may take one to two weeks. After the verification process is complete, you will receive an email informing you that you have a revised award package available. This will only occur if the FAO makes a change to your financial aid package (based on the additional documents requested). Revised award letter/notices replace any award letters/notices previously received.
What if I don’t want to complete the verification process?
The verification process is a federal regulation and must be completed in order for a student to receive federal aid, as well as any state aid. If you do not wish to complete the verification process, and therefore not receive financial aid, please notify the FAO via email so we can update your status.