Each year, a percentage of financial aid applications nationwide are selected for a process known as federal verification.
This does not mean there is a problem with your application, however it does require additional steps before your aid can be disbursed.
If you are a student selected for verification or further review, you’ll need to provide additional documentation to verify the accuracy of your aid application. Examples of documents that may be requested include:
- Prior-Prior Year Tax Returns
- Verification Worksheet
- Household Size Information
- Asset Information
- Citizenship Documentation
You’ll want to submit any requested documents as soon as possible. We’re unable to finalize your Financial Assistance Plan until you’ve completed this process.
*Please Note: Effective May 18, 2022, the U.S. Department of Education announced temporary changes to the federal financial aid verification process for the 2022-2023 academic year. At this time, several verification documents are no longer required. If additional information is needed, the student will be notified by mail along with any corresponding forms/worksheets needed.
Verification review may result in no changes to your application. However, if the verification process finds an error in your financial aid application, your application will be corrected electronically. This may result in a change to your financial aid eligibility. If so, we will notify you of any changes.
Should the review reveal fraud or other criminal misconduct in connection with your application, we’re required to report this information to the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Education for investigation. Examples of such information include (but are not limited to) false claims of independent student status, false claims of citizenship, use of false identities, forgery of signatures or certificates and false statements of income.
The final deadline for federal verification is the student’s last day of attendance during an academic year or June 30 of the academic year, whichever comes first. Students submitting documents after the final deadline will not be eligible for financial aid for that year.
Verification Forms and Worksheets
Access Adelphi’s Verification Forms and Worksheets.