What is Verification?

When processing FAFSAs, the U.S. Department of Education may select your application for a process called Verification. In this process, the federal government requires colleges and universities to verify, or confirm, some pieces of data reported by students and their parents (if applicable) on the FAFSA. The verification process ensures that students receive an accurate financial aid award based on Federal regulation and the availability of funds.

To avoid delays in awarding and/or disbursing of aid to your account, please respond to all requests for information or documentation from your school as soon as possible.

How will I know if I am selected for verification and what is required?

Once the Financial Aid Office receives your FAFSA application, we'll notify you of the required information (via UW-Green Bay email and by postal mail). At that time, you will also be able to log in to UW-Green Bay's Student Information System (SIS) and view your 'To Do List' items. You'll want to respond to any inquiries as soon as possible to prevent any delays in awarding you financial aid.

Why was I selected for verification?

Verification is a federal regulation. You have done nothing wrong and are not alone. Approximately 30% of FAFSA applications are selected. Incomplete applications, use of estimated information, or inconsistent data can be reasons for selection, although the specific reason is not given to the Financial Aid Office.

Where do I send the required documentation?

Any verification documents should be submitted to the Financial Aid Office:

UW-Green Bay
Office of Financial Aid
2420 Nicolet Dr.
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001