Verification for the 2017-2018 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 four 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:

  • number of household members
  • 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 tax credits

Students who are not tax filers must verify the following:

  • number of household members
  • number in college
  • income earned from work


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.

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, listed above, in the Standard Verification Group (V1).

The Chicago State University Office of Student Financial Aid has developed both Dependent and Independent Verification Worksheets for each of categories V1, V4, and V5, 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. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Education requires that your name and CSU ID# be displayed on every page where your signature is not required. PLEASE, make sure you fill in this information in the boxes provided.

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, V4, or V5 Groups, please download and complete the appropriate Worksheet below (Hint: If you are not sure what Group you are in return to CSU X-press and review your Group classification)  . . .

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

Please Note: The last day that we will accept Verification paperwork, for the 2017-2018 academic year, is Wednesday, September 12, 2018.  

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