- What is Verification?
Verification is a review process authorized by the U.S. Department of Education for UNLV to verify any information submitted by students on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) was completed accurately. The verification review process ensures a student receives a correct financial aid award package.
- Why Was I Selected for Verification?
- The United States Department of Education selected your FAFSA record for review.
- You were selected by UNLV because you submitted data on your FAFSA record which was deemed as discrepant information.
- How Does the Verification Process Work?
Verification of a student’s FAFSA record occurs within the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office. Students will be notified what forms/documents are necessary within their online MyUNLV account information and UNLV issued email account. All office verification forms can be found on here.
Students should submit required documents within thirty days as noted by the due date within their online MyUNLV account information. It is not uncommon for students to wait until the last minute to submit forms/documents. This can create a paperwork backlog for the office. It may take up to 3 weeks for UNLV to review verification documents during the months of July and August.
- What Happens Once I Submit the Required Verification Documents?
Once all required documents are submitted, a first review of these documents should take no more than two weeks (peak times may be three to four weeks). During the initial or subsequent document review, additional questions may arise caused by a combination of FAFSA data and/or data provided in required documentation. Subsequent documentation may be requested at this time.
If we request additional information, you will receive an email explaining the reason for the request for additional information and additional requirement(s) will be added to your To Do List.
- If I did not file taxes and check the appropriate box on the verification form, why do the tax transcripts still show as a requirement on the “To Do List”?
If you indicated on the verification form that you did not file taxes, this may not cause the requirement for the tax transcript to drop off the To Do List. When your file is reviewed in its entirety, the To Do List will be updated according to the sufficiency of the documentation submitted and additional documentation required. At the time your file is reviewed, if you did not file taxes, and you checked the non-filer statement on the verification form and if you are not required to file taxes, the requirement for the tax transcript will be removed from the To Do List.
However, as a non-filer you are required to submit IRS proof of your non-filer status. This proof can include a Tax Return Transcript or a Tax Account Transcript that includes a message such as “no record of return filed” or “no transcript on file”. Either of these documents can be obtained from the IRS website using the “Get Transcript” feature. Non-filer documentation can also be obtained from the IRS using Form 4506-T. When your file is reviewed, if you are not required to file taxes and if you have not submitted acceptable non-filer documentation, an email will be sent to your UNLV issued email account explaining the unsatisfied requirement.
- What Happens to My FAFSA Information Once UNLV Has Conducted Its Verification Review?
Once the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office has performed the review of your verification documents, the following situations may occur:
- You completed your FAFSA accurately and UNLV did not need to make any changes to your FAFSA information.
- One or more items on your FAFSA required correction. UNLV made corrections to your FAFSA and updated your FAFSA information with the U.S. Department of Education. You can see the changes UNLV made to your FAFSA.
Any financial aid awards offered to a student will be based upon the corrected FAFSA information. Students are notified of financial aid awards or award changes within their online MyUNLV account information and their UNLV issued email account.
- Is the Verification Process Optional?
You will not receive any federal or institutional financial aid until you resolve the verification review process. If you were selected for verification after financial aid has previously disbursed and do not comply, your financial aid will be cancelled. You will then incur a large bill you will have to repay.
When you completed your FAFSA, you provided permission allowing the U.S. Department of Education or UNLV to ask for additional documentation. A FAFSA cannot be completed without a student or parent agreeing to the following U.S. Department of Education statement:
If you are the parent or student, by signing this application (FAFSA) you agree, if asked, to provide information that will verify the accuracy of your completed form. This information may include U.S. or state income tax forms that you filed or are required to file.
- Integrity of Financial Aid Program Funds
The UNLV Financial Aid & Scholarships Office is obligated under Federal Code of Regulation, 34 CFR 668.16(g) to refer fraudulent activity in obtaining Federal financial aid assistance. The Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Education will be notified if the office finds credible information indicating an applicant may have engaged in fraud or other criminal misconduct in connection with their FAFSA application.