About 30% of all FAFSAs are selected for verification. Verification is a process by which certain data and information on the FAFSA needs to be confirmed and verified. If selected for verification Virginia Tech is required to collect documentation to check the accuracy of the information provided on the FAFSA. The verification process must be completed before any financial aid can be awarded and disbursed.
The Department of Education matches the information provided on the FAFSA against several federal registers. Typical reasons for verification includes mismatching social security number, date of birth or other misspelling. Please make sure to double check the accuracy before submitting you FAFSA, as this may prevent verification. By using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT), you avoid incorrect income and tax information, which are also typical issues for verification. If you are selected for verification you will be contacted via your Virginia Tech email. You will also be notified which Verification Group you are selected for and which documents are required. You can also find the verification forms under Forms