Please read each question on the FAFSA carefully and answer accurately. After completing the FAFSA and each subsequent correction to the FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Federal Processor. READ every SAR entirely, especially the comments section. The SAR will notify you if your application has been selected for Verification. If selected, please submit all documents as soon as possible to the UW-Stevens Point Office of Financial Aid and Veteran Services. Any discrepancy must be verified by our office per federal guidelines. This will slow down the processing of your application for financial aid. The verification process can take up to several weeks for completion. Your patience is appreciated. Below are some tips and information that can be helpful through the process of completing the FAFSA and the verification process (if selected).
Information & Tips
Applicants that are selected for verification include a very high percentage that have not filled out the FAFSA correctly. Due to this, when completing your FAFSA, be sure to follow the instructions given and review your information for accuracy before submitting it.
You must use the name printed on your current Social Security Card on the FAFSA.
Read each line item on the FAFSA carefully, especially when answering questions concerning household size, number in college, asset information, and marital status. It is strongly encouraged to have applicants and if applicable, their parents, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool option when completing the FAFSA.
When submitting verification documents to our office, be sure all documents requiring a signature are signed, all worksheets are fully completed (include numerical value or if zero, write zero, do not leave answers blank), and list student name and ID # on every document. Submit copies, and keep originals for your own personal records.
If you and/or your parent(s) will not file a federal income tax return, you will be asked to verify this on the applicable Verification Worksheet.
Additional information may be required to complete verification after submission of income information. If this is requested of you, please provide it as soon as possible as we process all paperwork in date of receipt order which would delay your aid.