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To ensure that students receive all of the federal funding that they are eligible for, each year the Department of Education selects students to complete a process called verification. The federal verification process acts as a quality control measure, and approximately 1 out of every 3 FAFSA applications is selected by the Department’s Central Processing System to complete the process.
Students required to complete the verification process will not receive any federal aid until the requested documents have been submitted and reviewed by the Office of Financial Aid. The submitted documentation serves to verify the information reported on the FAFSA, and ensure that any conflicting information is corrected.
Effective July 13, 2021 and for the remainder of the 2021-22 FAFSA processing and verification cycle, the Department of Education (ED) has waived verification of all FAFSA and Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) information, except for identity/Statement of Educational Purpose and high school completion status. This decision was made by ED to provide relief to millions of students and colleges facing challenges and barriers resulting from the ongoing national emergency. For the 21-22 award year, the focus of ED’s verification effort will strictly be focused on identity and fraud meaning families are no longer required to verify household size or federal tax filing information. As of today, this waiver is exclusive to the 21-22 award year
Our office strongly encourages that all those who are able to use the DRT do so in an effort to ensure that the most accurate information is reported and the verification process streamlined for each student.
For questions regarding requested documentation and document requirements, please contact us at FinancialAid@ben.edu.