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What Is Verification?

The U.S. Department of Education requires schools participating in federal student aid programs to annually verify the data submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Verification involves the review of tax documents and household information to ensure the accuracy of the FAFSA application. To complete verification, students and parents, as applicable, are asked to submit federal tax documentation and forms. 

Students selected for verification will be notified via their student MIX email that they have  unsatisfied requirements on their STAR account.  Once a student is selected, the verification process must be completed before WVU can award and/or disburse financial aid.

Who Is Selected?

Any student who completes a FAFSA may be chosen for verification by the Department of Education. 

*WVU reserves the right to select any student where there appears to be a possibility of conflicting information. 


Please allow three to five business days for the verification process to be completed after all documents have been submitted. The process may take longer if documents are incomplete or additional information is required. 

If verification results in a change to your financial aid package, you will receive notification via your student MIX email. You can also view your STAR account at any time to review changes to your financial aid package or account balance.


WVU’s deadline for priority consideration for aid is March 1. To avoid a delay of your financial aid, verification must be completed by August 7 for the 2017-18 fall term to allow processing time for your financial aid. Federal aid will not disburse if verification has not been completed. If verification is submitted past the above dates, students may be subject to late fees.

Students selected for verification after financial aid has disbursed have 30 days to submit documentation. If verification is not submitted within 30 days, the financial aid package will be cancelled until eligibility can be reestablished. 

Submitting Documents

Forms may be emailed, faxed, mailed, or submitted in person. All documents must be completed in full and have a handwritten signature. No electronic signatures will be accepted.

Students must submit all requested documentation before the verification process can be completed and financial aid can be awarded and/or disbursed.

Verification of Tax Information

Students and/or parents who were selected for the verification process must provide confirmation of taxes filed.   Instructions on how to verify income, what to do if not required to file taxes, and what to do if no income was earned can be found  here .