FAFSA Verification

Verification is the process schools use to confirm that the data reported on your FAFSA form is accurate.

If you are selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education, an asterisk (*) will appear next to your expected family contribution (EFC) on the Student Aid Report (SAR). Approximately one third of FAFSA submissions are selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Schools also have the authority to select a FAFSA submission for verification.

If you are selected for verification, do not assume you have done anything wrong. Verification is not an IRS audit.

If you are selected for verification, JBU will request the following documents:

  • Parent and student tax return transcripts from the IRS (or use of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA)
  • A signed and initialed JBU Institutional Verification Form (IVF)
  • W-2's for the student (and the student's spouse, if the student is married)