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Our Best Answer: What is verification and how long will it take?


Verification is a process required by the U.S. Dept. of Education to confirm the information you provided on your FAFSA. It prevents ineligible students from receiving aid by reporting false information and ensures that eligible students receive all of the aid for which they are qualified.

If you are selected for verification, the College is required to obtain and compare information reported on your FAFSA form to your family?s IRS tax return transcript and to collect other documents regarding the family household. See your CUNYfirst account for a list of needed documents under Student Center, To-Do-List.

Federal aid cannot be disbursed to your account until the verification process is complete. The sooner you verify your information, the sooner you?ll be able to receive financial aid if you are eligible.

Verification Worksheets

The priority deadlines to submit documents for verification are:

  • May 15 for Fall semester
  • December 15 for Spring semester

Who Gets Selected: There are several reasons for being selected for verification. The most common are:

  • the FAFSA application has incomplete data
  • there appear to be discrepancies in the data on the FAFSA application
  • the FAFSA application contains estimated or assumed information


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