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What is verification and what are my next steps?

What is verification and how did I get selected?

The FAFSA Central Processing Center randomly selects approximately 30% of all FAFSA applications for verification and identifies the information that must be verified.  Verification is a process in which the government randomly selects FAFSA applicants and requires financial aid offices to collect additional documentation in order to verify certain information. Financial Aid cannot be awarded until the verification process has been completed. 

How will I know if I’ve been selected for verification?

Your Student Aid Summary (SAS) will notify you if you have been selected for verification. You will receive your SAS from the U.S. Department of Education after you file your FAFSA. If you have been selected for verification, there will be an asterisk next to your Student Aid Index (SAI) on your SAS. You can also read the comments section of your SAS to see if you have been selected. Once Belmont receives and processes your FAFSA, you will receive an email from Belmont explaining the required next steps to complete the process using the Dynamic Forms document portal.

Here's what you need to do:

Step 1: Follow the required next steps in your email from Belmont. Create a Dynamic Forms Account by following these instructions

Step 2: Complete the correct verification forms which you can find below.

Step 3: When Student Financial Services receives all of the required documents, our staff will complete the verification process. If a discrepancy is found, changes will be made and sent to the federal processor. Once the federal processor completes the changes, the student will receive another SAS which should reflect the changes.

Step 4: Once verification is complete and the necessary changes are made, the student is awarded appropriate financial aid.