Verification Process

Each year about 30 percent of students' financial aid applications nationwide are chosen for random "verification": a process of confirming certain information supplied by you and/or your parents on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Some students are selected for verification by the US Department of Education, while the institution could select other students.  Students must submit the required documentation and be verified before receiving a financial aid award.

Common Documents that must be submitted for Verification

The verification process can be different for each student. Common documents that must be supplied for verification include:

  • A copy of student‘s Federal 1040 tax transcripts, if filed, for the preceding year
  • A copy of parent’s Federal 1040 tax transcripts, if filed, for the preceding year (Not required for independent students)
  • Verification Worksheet- This document can be retrieved at
  • Verification of SNAP(Food Stamps) benefits recieved (If applicable)
  • Verification of Childsupport paid (If applicable)

What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Not Being Selected for Verification?

  • Complete the IRS Data Retrieval
  • List the correct Social Security Number and Driver’s License Number
  • Enter the correct federal income tax paid for preceding year
  • List your correct adjusted gross income, this is not equal to your total income
  • List your and your parents marital status correctly
  • Make sure you list Central State as a college you would like to have your FAFSA sent
  • Do not leave tax fields blank
  • Make sure you and your parent (if dependent) sign the FAFSA using your pin number