Verification for the upcoming 2014-2015 Academic Year

 

Because students sometime make errors on their FAFSA, the United State Department of Education has developed a process known as Verification, whereby the Central Processing System (CPS), which processed your FAFSA, selects certain FAFSAs to be verified. The Verification process is conducted by a student’s college/university. The school is required to collect, at a minimum, a Verification Worksheet, filled out and signed by a student if the student is classified as Independent. If a student is considered to be Dependent, the student’s parent must also sign the Verification Worksheet. Additional documentation may be required and varies according to the “Verification Group” in which the CPS places a student.

 

Verification Groups

Students who are selected for verification will be placed in one of the five following groups. The group determines which FAFSA information must be verified for the student.

V1 - Standard Verification Group, commonly referred to as Verification Group V1.

Students in this group must verify the following if they are tax filers:

  • household size
  • number in college
  • adjusted gross income
  • U.S. income tax paid
  • untaxed portions of IRA distributions
  • untaxed portions of pensions
  • IRA deductions and payments
  • tax-exempt interest income
  • education credits
  • SNAP benefits
  • child support paid

Students who are not tax filers must verify the following:

  • income earned from work
  • household size
  • number in college
  • SNAP benefits
  • child support paid


V3 - Child Support Paid Verification Group, commonly referred to as Verification Group V3.
Students must verify child support paid by them or their spouse, their parents, or both.

V4 - Custom Verification Group, commonly referred to as Verification Group V4.
Students must verify high school completion status and complete the Identity / Statement of Educational Purpose in addition to receipt of SNAP benefits and payment of child support.

V5 - Aggregate Verification Group, commonly referred to a Verification Group V5.
Students must verify high school completion status and complete the Identity / Statement of Educational Purpose in addition to the items in the Standard Verification Group (V1).

V6 - Household Resources Group, commonly referred to a Verification Group V6.
Students must verify the items in the Standard Verification Group (V1) as well as certain other untaxed income on the 2014-2015 FAFSA:

  • payments to tax-deferred pension and retirement savings plans
  • child support received
  • housing, food, and other living allowances paid to members of the military, clergy, and others
  • veterans' noneducation benefits
  • other untaxed income
  • money received or paid on the applicant's behalf
  • resources or benefits not appearing on the FAFSA, such as in-kind support from a relative or a government agency 

The Chicago State University Office of Student Financial Aid has developed both Dependent and Independent Verification Worksheets for each of categories V1, V3, V4, V5 and V6, which you must use in completing the Verification process.

Please pay careful attention to any instructions or requests for information on the Verification Worksheets and complete the Worksheet fully. Don't forget to sign and date as required.

Please Note:  In addition to completing any of the above Verification Worksheets, a student and/or parent of Dependent students may be required to provide supporting documentation for any information disclosed on a Verification Worksheet or on the FAFSA. Additionally, if a school has any reason to believe that any information provided on the FAFSA is incorrect, it has the right require a student and/or parent of Dependent students to verify any FAFSA information and provide documentation to support the information.

If you are a Dependent Student, and are part of the above discussed V1, V3, V4, V5 or V6 Groups, please download and complete the appropriate Worksheet below (Hint: If you are not sure what Group you are in just go back to CSU X-press and review your Group classification)  . . .

 
 
If you are an Independent Student, and are part of the above discussed V1,  V3, V4, V5 or V6 Groups, please download and complete the appropriate Worksheet below (Hint: If you are not sure what Group you are in just go back to CSU X-press and review your Group classification)  . . .
 
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