Verification is the process in which the Department of Education randomly selects approximately 30% of a school’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
application population for review. Verification is used to compare information provided on the student’s FAFSA with Federal tax returns, W2’s, and/or other financial documents. If a student is selected for verification they will receive notification via their ECU email account listing the additional
information required. If a students files is selected for verification, the student and/or parent(s) must provide and IRS Tax Transcript or match income data on the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
Required Verification Items:
- Household size (number of people living in your household)
- Number in college (number of household members attending a post secondary educational institution at least half-time)
- Adjusted gross income (AGI)
- Sources and amount of untaxed income