What does it mean that your FAFSA was selected for verification? It means your FAFSA will require further review by the school’s financial aid office. Who is selected is determined by the Department of Education and is usually random, but it must be completed in order to determine what your financial aid eligibility is.
There are particular data elements of the FAFSA that must be verified, generally including income and household size in addition to other data. You will be assigned a verification form (on the To Do List on CUNYFirst) which you must complete and submit to our office. You will also receive an automated email with a link to the form. For those of you whose income must be verified, you can provide the information in one of three ways: by using the Data Retrieval Tool which takes your income information from the IRS and transfers it onto your FAFSA, by submitting the tax return transcript which you can request from the IRS, or by submitting a copy of your signedtax return.
There may be cases where further documentation is necessary to complete the review, and in these instances we will let you know what you must provide.
That you are selected does not necessarily indicate that you completed the FAFSA incorrectly. We may be able to verify the FAFSA without making changes to it. Other times, we may have to update the application, but once that new application loads, we can verify the FAFSA.
The FAFSA is the application that determines a student’s eligibility for federal financial aid which means both federal grantsand loans. If the FAFSA is not verified, you will not be eligible for financial aid, including student loans.