Verification is an important process created by the Department of Education (DOE) that helps confirm the accuracy of information submitted on the FAFSA, and to correct any inaccurate information. Through collecting and reviewing additional documentation, verification ensures fair and accurate distribution of federal funds during the financial aid awarding process. Additionally, the University of Mississippi Office of Financial Aid may institutionally select FAFSAs for verification where further clarification is needed.
After completing the FAFSA, students will be notified by the Department of Education if they are selected for verification. An asterisk (*) that appears next to the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) number on the Student Aid Report (SAR) indicates that the student has been selected for verification. Additionally, a paragraph within the SAR will explain that the student has been selected. Students selected for verification also receive regular email notifications from The University of Mississippi.
The University of Mississippi Office of Financial Aid will compare information from your FAFSA with other required documentation and make any changes to your FAFSA on your behalf as necessary. Student/Parents SHOULD NOT make any changes to the FAFSA during verification as it will further delay verification processing.
No federal or need-based awards can be processed until verification is completed.