Financial Aid: Verification Process

It is often necessary to verify the accuracy of data reported on a FAFSA. The Department of Education will inform you if you have been selected for this process on your Student Aid Report (SAR). The university may also select you for verification. 

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 and may include tax return transcripts, W2s, verification worksheets or other worksheets confirming household size, proof of high school completion, and statements of educational purpose. The financial aid verification process differs for each student. 

Timeline

Once you submit all required documentation to the Financial Aid Office (and these items no longer appear on your "To-Do List" in MyUMUC), your application will typically be reviewed the following week. During this review process, the Financial Aid Office will contact you directly if additional information or clarification is required. Your MyUMUC "To-Do List" will also be updated. If corrections are not needed and your file is verified based on the information you provided, your aid will typically be awarded in 2-3 days.

In some cases, the Financial Aid Office will need to update your FAFSA based on the information you provided. In this scenario, University of Maryland University College submits corrections to the Department of Education. It typically takes 3-5 days for the Department of Education to process corrections. Once these corrections are made, you will typically receive your award in 2-3 days.
 
Please check the Financial Aid section of MyUMUC to view the status of your aid and required documents, to accept or decline awards, and to manage your loans.

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