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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

To verify your FAFSA, Missouri State University will compare information from your FAFSA with copies of your and your parent(s) federal tax forms and W-2’s from the previous year. For example, if you were selected for verification for the 2015-16 academic year, our office would compare the information on your FAFSA, 2014 federal tax forms and W-2’s.

If there are differences between your FAFSA information and your financial documents, the necessary corrections will be made by our office in order to ensure you are receiving the appropriate types and amounts of federal student financial aid.

Occasionally, we may need to contact you to clarify conflicting information. If such clarification is needed, you will be contacted via your MSU email account, or we will contact your parent(s) at the email address provided on the FAFSA.

Your role in verification

You will be notified what documents our office needs in order to complete your verification, but, generally, the documents that will be requested include:

You and your parent(s) should collect and submit these documents to our office as soon as you can upon receiving notification that you were selected for verification. Students’ verifications are completed in date order which means the earlier we receive your completed verification documents the sooner we can complete your verification and award your financial aid.

You will not be eligible to receive any financial aid until the verification process has been completed for your account. Contact the office of student financial aid at 417-836-5262 if you have any questions about completing a worksheet or about what documents are needed from you or your parent(s).

Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool

Every FAFSA is subject to verification, but the need for verification can often be reduced by transferring your IRS data directly to the FAFSA. You may use the Data Retrieval Tool either during the initial application or during a correction. Doing so will often speed up the application process and may reduce the amount of additional paperwork requested from you or your parents.

 IRS Data Retrieval Tool


2015-2016 Processing Deadlines for Pell and TEACH Grants









Last day to receive valid FAFSA (not rejected).

Federal deadline last day enrolled.

1 day prior fall commencement


1 day prior spring commencement


1 day prior summer commencement


Last day for students to submit verification data.

**Federal deadline earlier of 120 days after last day enrolled or 9-26-16

15 weeks after end of fall


15 weeks after end of spring


5 weeks after end of summer


Last day to receive verified ISIR.

**Federal deadline earlier of 120 days after last day enrolled or 9-26-16








*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.

**Pending publication of actual deadlines by U.S. Dept. of Education 




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 2015-16 academic year include:

  • July 19, 2016 - Last day to turn in verification documents for summer 2016 only loans
  • September 1, 2016 - Last day to turn in verification documents for spring and summer Pell Grant.