All students who file a FAFSA are sent a Student Aid Report (SAR) which will indicate if their FAFSA was selected for verification. The Financial Aid Office will also contact the student to make sure they are aware of any outstanding requirements. Need-based financial aid cannot be processed until verification is complete. To receive maximum consideration for federal and state aid programs such as grants and loans, students must complete verification (if selected) before classes begin.
Verification is a quality-assurance measure used by the U.S. Dept. of Education to verify the accuracy of information reported by students and families on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All schools that disburse federal Title IV funds (federal student aid) are required to participate in the verification process. If your FAFSA is selected for verification, the Financial Aid Office will provide you with detailed instructions regarding any information that is needed to verify the results of your application for aid.
Most often, a FAFSA is selected for verification because it contains inconsistent information or the Dept. of Education has identified errors that must be corrected. However, files can also be selected for review due to:
- Incomplete information (fields left blank)
- Estimated information
- Severe changes in data elements from year to year
- Selected at random
Schools may also choose to verify a file if presented with conflicting information. Making unnecessary adjustments to FAFSA data after initial submission may increase the likelihood of being selected for verification.
Regardless of why a FAFSA is selected, no need-based financial aid can be paid to the student until the verification process is complete.
St. Thomas has established a partnership with Inceptia to expedite the federal verification process for University of St. Thomas. Verification Gateway (VG) from Inceptia is an online portal to guide students and parents through verification.
Students will be contacted by email directly by Verification Gateway with instructions on how to complete verification.
Inceptia, a division of National Student Loan Program (NSLP), is a nonprofit organization committed to offering effective and uncomplicated solutions in financial aid management, default prevention, and financial education. Our mission is to support schools as they launch brilliant futures for students, armed with the knowledge to become financially responsible citizens. Learn more at Inceptia.org.
Contact Inceptia, Monday through Friday 8 am – 7 pm Central at 888.374.8427 or VGCS@inceptia.org.