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Financial Aid Verification

Verifying your FAFSA


The federal government randomly selects a number of FAFSAs to undergo the verification process. This is a quality assurance tool utilized by the Department of Education as well as colleges and universities throughout the country to ensure students are consistently awarded the correct types and the correct amounts of aid.

The verification process

If you are selected for verification Missouri State University will compare information from your FAFSA to the corresponding 2015 tax information, and any errors on your FAFSA will be corrected by our office. If clarification is needed, you will be contacted through your MSU email account.

Your role in verification

You will be notified of what documents our office needs in order to complete your verification. Generally, the documents that will be requested are:

You and your parent(s) should submit these documents to our office as soon as you can upon receiving notification that you were selected for verification. The sooner we receive your verification documents the sooner we can complete your verification and award financial aid.

You will not be eligible to receive any financial aid until the verification process has been completed. Contact the office of student financial aid at 417-836-5262 if you have any questions.

Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool

Every FAFSA is subject to verification, but the time it takes can be reduced by transferring your IRS data directly to your FAFSA. You may use the Data Retrieval Tool either during the initial application or during a correction. Doing so may also reduce the amount of paperwork requested from you or your parents.

 IRS Data Retrieval Tool

2016-2017 Processing Deadlines for Federal Loans and Grants

  Enrolled Fall Only

Enrolled Fall & Spring,

or Spring only

Enrolled Fall,

Spring & Summer,

or Summer only

Last day for MSU to receive a FAFSA that has not been rejected Dec. 12, 2016 May 15, 2017 July 31, 2017
Last day for students to submit verification paperwork*

Loans

Dec. 2, 2016


Grants

March 31, 2017

Loans

May 5, 2017


Grants

Sept. 1, 2017

Loans

July 21, 2017


Grants

Sept 1, 2017

Last day for MSU to receive a verified FAFSA

Loans

Dec. 12, 2016


Grants

April 14, 2017

Loans

May 15, 2017


Grants

Sept. 15, 2017

Loans

July 31, 2017


Grants

Sept. 23, 2017

*Estimated to allow 2 weeks for processing. Date must be adjusted if the last day enrolled is prior to end of semester, such as in a withdrawal. 

 

Deadlines

Important dates for the FAFSA and verification during the 2016-17 academic year include:

  • January 1, 2016 - The FAFSA is available for completion
  • March 31, 2016 - Priority processing deadline for submitting the FAFSA to Missouri State University
  • July 31, 2016 - Final day to make corrections to your FAFSA and still retain eligibility for state aid
  • December 2, 2016 - Last day to turn in verification documents for fall 2016 only loans
  • May 5, 2017 - Last day to turn in verification documents for fall 2016-spring 2017 loans or spring 2016 only loans
  • July 21, 2017 - Last day to turn in verification documents for summer 2017 only loans

Important dates for the FAFSA and verification during the 2017-18 academic year include:

  • October 1, 2016 - The FAFSA is available for completion
  • February 1 - Priority processing deadline for submitting the FAFSA to Missouri State University
  • July 31, 2017 - Final day to make corrections to your FAFSA and still retain eligibility for state aid
  • December 1, 2017 - Last day to turn in verification documents for fall 2017 only loans
  • May 5, 2018 - Last day to turn in verification documents for fall 2017-spring 2018 loans or spring 2018 only loans
  • July 21, 2018 - Last day to turn in verification documents for summer 2018 only loans