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What is Verification?

Verification is a process used to confirm that the data reported on your FAFSA is accurate.  You will be asked to provide documentation to support the information you reported on the FAFSA.

If you are selected for verification, you will be required to submit documentation such as Federal Tax Transcripts, W2s, and a verification worksheet by the deadline presented.  Financial aid will NOT disburse to your account until your documentation is submitted and reviewed.

The deadline to submit 2018-19 Verification documentation is  July 8, 2019.

Why Was I Selected?

Your FAFSA may be selected for verification at random, or because you supplied incomplete or inconsistent data on your application.  Verification is a federal regulation and ensures that eligible students receive all the aid for which they qualify.  If you were selected, you will get a notification on MyFIU and in your student email.

What Do I Need to Do?

The required documents will be listed under your Task Tile on MyFIU. Click the link(s) on your To Do List for details and instructions for each item.

Go to MyFIU. See Access MyFIU or Contact OneStop for help.

The sooner you submit your documents, the faster you will receive financial aid. At peak times, the Financial Aid Office may take a month or more to review your file due to the large volume of verification documents being processed.


In order to expedite the process we encourage the following:

  • Don’t wait until the deadline to submit your documents. The faster you submit your verification documentation, the faster we will disburse your aid.
  • Read the instructions carefully and submit all required documents up front. Incomplete files cause significant delays for you and for other students, as we must dedicate more resources to following up with you and requesting additional documents.
  • Provide accurate information. Corrections take more time to process, and providing accurate information up front will speed up the verification process. If possible, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on FAFSA to import your financial information directly from the IRS.
  • Check your MyFIU and FIU email. Sometimes we ask for more documentation in order to ensure the accuracy of your financial aid application information. Check your FIU email and To Do List on MyFIU frequently. The faster you respond, the faster we will disburse your aid.


Last updated: June 4, 2019