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What is Verification?

Students who submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may be randomly selected by the federal government’s Central Processing System (CPS) for a review known as “Verification.” This review requires staff in a financial aid office to compare the information submitted on the FAFSA with information on documents submitted by the student (upon request) to their school’s financial aid office.  Each required verification item will be reviewed by a financial aid staff member according to regulations provided in the Federal Student Aid Handbook.  If there are differences found between the FAFSA and the documents submitted, staff will make needed corrections to the FAFSA and send it to the CPS to be updated. The student will be notified via email if there are corrections the student must make themselves.

Submission of additional documentation is not optional for students who are selected for verification. A federal award cannot be determined or awarded until verification has been completed.

A student’s FAFSA, if selected, will be assigned to 1 of 3 current verification tracking groups by the CPS.  Each group has a requirement for specific documents to be submitted to the school.

 For the 2018-19 year, these groups are as follows:

 1. Standard Verification Group (V1)

 2. Custom Verification Group   (V4)

 3. Aggregate Verification Group (V5)


Required Documents and Deadlines

If the student’s financial aid application is selected for verification an email communication will be sent from the Student Financial Services Office referring the student to the Financial Aid Checklist to review the request for documents.

Depending on the student’s verification tracking group the following documents will be needed:

  1.  Verification Worksheet for the appropriate academic year (V1 and V5)
  2.  High School Completion/Identity/Statement of Education Purpose Verification Worksheet for the appropriate academic year (V4 and V5)
  3.  Documentation for IRS income-related questions for the student (and the student’s spouse, or parent  as applicable.) (V1 and V5)

Specific requests for the needed documents are on the Financial Aid Checklist.   Other documents may be requested once verification gets underway.

Acceptable documentation for IRS income-related questions includes:

  •  Information obtained from the IRS using the Department’s IRS Data Retrieval Process via fafsa.ed.gov (if that information has not been changed after it was initially transferred to the FAFSA) or
  • Federal income tax return transcript from the IRS for the appropriate calendar year for the student (student’s parent, or the student’s spouse, as applicable).

Note: Nontax filers and tax filers who received an extension but still have not filed their income tax return must provide confirmation of non-filing dated on or after October 1, 2017. A confirmation of non-filing can be obtained from the IRS using Form 4506-T and checking box 7.

 All required items must be submitted in time for an award to be made for the period of enrollment.

The Student Financial Services Office cannot guarantee that assistance will be available for the period of enrollment if required items are received less than two weeks before the end of the period of enrollment.*  Students are notified (via email) to review their awards when awards have been made subsequent to verification. 


Required Verification Documents

FAFSA Information

Acceptable Document

Household Size

Verification Worksheet (2018-19)

The number in College

Verification Worksheet (2018-19)

AGI & U.S. Tax Paid

IRS DRT; or IRS Tax Return Transcript; or a signed paper copy of 2016 IRS tax return

Untaxed Income (Tax Return Data)

IRS DRT; or IRS Tax Return Transcript; or a signed paper copy of 2016 IRS tax return

Non-Filer Work Income

Verification Worksheet (2018-19) & 2016 IRS W-2 Forms; or  Non-Tax Filer Statement & 2016 IRS W-2 Forms

High School Completion

High School Diploma or transcript; GED certificate or transcript; homeschooled credential or transcript; or academic transcript showing two-year program completion

Identity/Statement of Education Purpose

Original government-issued photo identification (ID) such as a passport or a driver’s license and 2018-19 Identity and Statement of Educational Purpose document

Other Information

Other documentation as specified by the CPS or the College

*Because some verifications are not straightforward due to conflicting information or other issues related to submissions, all items needed to complete the review may not be received timely enough for the review to be completed prior to the end of the enrollment period.  Such delays may impact the student’s ability to be awarded any or all aid for which the student may be eligible.


Contact Us

Office of Student Financial Services (Financial Aid and Student Accounts)
1301 L A “Prexy” Davis Dr., Mail Slot 4985
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
Office: 870-575-8302
Fax: 870-575-4622
finaid@uapb.edu
Step 1: File the FAFSA
To determine eligibility for Federal Student Aid (FSA/Title IV) a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed. It is also required in order to be considered for various state and institutional awards. For maximum consideration for aid available aid programs, we recommend you file your FAFSA by January 15. If you do not complete your application by that date it may prevent you from getting maximum financial aid for which you may be eligible and may delay the awarding process. Before completing the FAFSA check to see if you meet the basic eligibility requirements at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/eligibility/basic-criteria
Step 1: File the FAFSA
To determine eligibility for Federal Student Aid (FSA/Title IV) a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed. It is also required in order to be considered for various state and institutional awards. For maximum consideration for aid available aid programs, we recommend you file your FAFSA by January 15. If you do not complete your application by that date it may prevent you from getting maximum financial aid for which you may be eligible and may delay the awarding process. Before completing the FAFSA check to see if you meet the basic eligibility requirements at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/eligibility/basic-criteria
Step 1: File the FAFSA
To determine eligibility for Federal Student Aid (FSA/Title IV) a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed. It is also required in order to be considered for various state and institutional awards. For maximum consideration for aid available aid programs, we recommend you file your FAFSA by January 15. If you do not complete your application by that date it may prevent you from getting maximum financial aid for which you may be eligible and may delay the awarding process. Before completing the FAFSA check to see if you meet the basic eligibility requirements at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/eligibility/basic-criteria
Step 1: File the FAFSA
To determine eligibility for Federal Student Aid (FSA/Title IV) a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed. It is also required in order to be considered for various state and institutional awards. For maximum consideration for aid available aid programs, we recommend you file your FAFSA by January 15. If you do not complete your application by that date it may prevent you from getting maximum financial aid for which you may be eligible and may delay the awarding process. Before completing the FAFSA check to see if you meet the basic eligibility requirements at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/eligibility/basic-criteria
Step 1: File the FAFSA
To determine eligibility for Federal Student Aid (FSA/Title IV) a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed. It is also required in order to be considered for various state and institutional awards. For maximum consideration for aid available aid programs, we recommend you file your FAFSA by January 15. If you do not complete your application by that date it may prevent you from getting maximum financial aid for which you may be eligible and may delay the awarding process. Before completing the FAFSA check to see if you meet the basic eligibility requirements at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/eligibility/basic-criteria

Contact Us

Office of Student Financial Services (Financial Aid and Student Accounts)
1301 L A “Prexy” Davis Dr., Mail Slot 4985
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
Office: 870-575-8302
Fax: 870-575-4622
finaid@uapb.edu


Contact Us

Office of Student Financial Services (Financial Aid and Student Accounts)
1301 L A “Prexy” Davis Dr., Mail Slot 4985
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
Office: 870-575-8302
Fax: 870-575-4622
finaid@uapb.edu


Contact Us

Office of Student Financial Services (Financial Aid and Student Accounts)
1301 L A “Prexy” Davis Dr., Mail Slot 4985
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
Office: 870-575-8302
Fax: 870-575-4622
finaid@uapb.edu