What is Verification?
If a student has been chosen for verification on their Student Aid Report, East Central Community College must use documentation to confirm that the information on that student’s FAFSA is correct. The federal government requires colleges to verify, or confirm, the data reported by students and their parent(s) on the FAFSA. In this process, the Financial Aid Office will request documentation from the student (and parent, if applicable) and then compare that documentation to the FAFSA, and make any changes as necessary. This ensures that eligible students receive all the federal financial aid to which they are entitled and prevents ineligible students from receiving financial aid for which they do not qualify.
If I am selected for verification, what do I need to do?
If your FAFSA was selected for verification, participation in the verification process is mandatory to receive federal financial aid. Please provide the Financial Aid Office with the requested documentation listed on myEC. You will find links to the different documents below. You may use the myEC document portal to upload completed forms, as well as other requested documentation.
As of May 18, 2022, the U.S.Department of Education announced it would extend the verification waiver to the verification process for the 2022-2023 award year to provide relief to students financially challenged by the pandemic. While most verification requirements have been waived, East Central Community College is still required to verify students who have been selected for V4 or V5, which includes the Certification of Identity and Statement of Educational Purpose. Additionally, if there is conflicting information within a student’s file, the Financial Aid Office still has the duty to resolve that information concerning a student’s eligibility and reserves the right to request any necessary documentation.
For use with FAFSA 2022-2023 (Fall 2022/Spring 2023/Summer 2023)