To ensure that applicants are accurately preparing the federal student aid application (FAFSA), the U.S. Department of Education randomly selects students whose information needs to be validated. The federal government mandates that colleges verify approximately 30% of the student aid applications submitted each year. Colleges can choose to verify more than 30% of the FAFSAs they receive, and some choose to verify every application.
First of all, if you are selected for verification, don't panic! You will have to complete a federal verification worksheet and provide the college's financial aid department with copies of evidence supporting the information on your aid application. Supporting evidence may include copies of a marriage certificate, a Social Security card, bank statements, or federal income tax forms. If you are selected for verification and have questions or concerns, contact the college's financial aid administrators. They will be able to help you through the process.