Financial Aid: Verification

The Verification Process at the University of Maryland University College

Verification is the process the University of Maryland University College uses to confirm the accuracy of that the data reported on your FAFSA. The Department of Education will let you know if you have been selected for this process on your Student Aid Report (SAR). The university may also select students for verification. 

The University of Maryland University College will request a variety of documents in order to confirm the data reported on your application. These requirements can differ depending on the type of verification you are selected for and may include, but are not limited, tax return transcripts, W2s, verification worksheets or other worksheets confirming household size, proof of high school completion, and statements of educational purpose. 

The Verification process can differ for each student. Once you submit all required documentation to the Financial Aid Office (and these items no longer appear on your 'To-Do List'), your application will typically be reviewed the following week. During this review process, the financial aid office will contact you directly if they identify any conflicts in information or if they need additional information for clarification they will also update your 
MyUMUC 'To-Do List'.

In some cases, the Financial Aid Office will need to update your FAFSA based on the information you provided. In this scenario, the University of Maryland University College submits corrections to the Department of Education. Once the Department of Education processes those corrections, we will award you in 2-3 days. It typically takes 3-5 days for the Department of Education to process corrections. If corrections are not needed and the office is able to verify your file based on the information you provided, your file will typically be awarded in 2-3 days.

To learn more information about the verification process from the Department of Education, please their website directly.