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In accordance with federal financial aid regulations, the data entered on the 2013/2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by many federal aid applicants must be verified for accuracy. The U.S. Department of Education randomly selects the majority of the FAFSA applicants who are required to undergo Verification. However, the UCM Office of Student Financial Services also has the authority to select applicants, and is the office that actually conducts the Verification process. If you're selected for FAFSA Verification, your eligibility for federal financial assistance for the 2013/2014 award period will be finalized after this process has been completed.
If FAFSA Verification is required, you'll be contacted by the UCM Office of Student Financial Services, and advised of the documents that must be submitted and/or action(s) that must be taken. Following are the 2013/2014 FAFSA Verification documents, one or more of which may need to be provided to the UCM Office of Student Financial Services.
This year the US Department of Education has created 5 verification tracking groups. The groups are designated by a V1-V5 as shown on your Student Aid Report. See below for specific requirements for each group.
V1 - Dependent/Independent Verification
If you're a 'Dependent' FAFSA Applicant (parental data was required to be entered on your FAFSA):
If you're an 'Independent' FAFSA Applicant (no parental data was required to be entered on your FAFSA):
V2 - Verification of the receipt of SNAP benefits
Receipt of SNAP Benefits (Dependent Student)
Receipt of SNAP Benefits (Independent Student)
V3 - Verification of child support paid
Child Support Paid (Independent Student)
Child Support Paid (Dependent Student)
V4 - High School Completion Status, Identity and Statement of Educational Purpose
Identity and Statement of Educational Purpose - Bring your valid government-issued photo ID, such as but not limited to, a driver's license, other state-issued ID or passport to the Office of Student Financial Services in 1100 Ward Edwards Bldg. during regular office hours. You must complete and sign the Identity and Statement of Educational Purpose form in the presence of a Student Financial Services staff member. The form, along with an annotated copy of your valid government-issued photo ID, will complete part of the required verification of your 2013/2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data.
If you are unable to appear in person, please contact our office at 660-543-8266 or email to discuss your options.
V5 - All the requirements for the groups V1-V4 as stated above.
Please be aware that you might be selected to complete the FAFSA Verification process, even though you completed your FAFSA using the new IRS Data Retrieval Tool. In addition, beginning with the 2012/2013 school year, photocopies of federal income tax returns can no longer be submitted to UCM to complete the FAFSA Verification process.
If you and/or your parent(s) did not and will not file federal income tax returns for the 2012 year, be sure that the 'non-filer' statement(s) on the 2013/2014 FAFSA Verification Worksheet is completed to indicate this. In addition, a separate letter may be submitted with the FAFSA Verification Worksheet if you wish to more completely explain the income and benefits received during the 2012 calendar year by you, your spouse, and/or your parent(s), or to provide any other clarification.
Once all required documents have been received, the UCM Office of Student Financial Services will complete the 2013/2014 FAFSA Verification process as quickly as possible, make the necessary data changes with the national FAFSA processing agency, and post your financial aid offers at your MyCentral portal. You'll be notified when this occurs.
Documentation or written clarification other than the materials normally required are sometimes needed by UCM to complete the 2013/2014 FAFSA Verification process and/or finalize your eligibility for assistance. If this occurs, you'll be notified about these requirements, which will also be listed at your MyCentral portal.
Important Federal Deadline: If your 2013/2014 FAFSA is selected to undergo the Verification process and if your FAFSA data was received by the UCM Office of Student Financial Services prior to the last day of your enrollment (or class attendance/participation) during the 2013/2014 award year, you'll have up to 120 days after this date to submit all required documents and receive Federal Pell Grant aid (if otherwise eligible).
For details about FAFSA Verification for the 2012/2013 award year, click here.