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 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 the information from your FAFSA to the corresponding items from your tax return, 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:

  • A copy of your and your parent(s) previous year federal Tax Return Transcripts
  • Copies of all your and your parent(s) previous year W-2’s, if you are a dependent student
  • If you did not file a tax return, a Verification of Non-Filing Letter from the IRS, unless you are a dependent student (your parents are listed on your FAFSA)
  • A completed copy of either the Dependent Verification Worksheet or the Independent Verification Worksheet

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

2018-2019 processing deadlines for federal loans and grants
Description Deadline (fall only enrollment) Deadline (fall-spring or spring only enrollment) Deadline (spring-summer or summer only enrollment)
Last day for MSU to receive a FAFSA that has not been rejected. Dec 13, 2018 May 16, 2019 Aug 2, 2019
Last day for students to submit verification paperwork for loans.* Nov 30, 2018 May 3, 2019 July 19, 2019
Last day for students to submit verification paperwork for grants.* March 29, 2019 Aug 30, 2019 Sept 7, 2019
Last day for MSU to receive a verified FAFSA for loans. Dec 12, 2018 May 15, 2019 Aug 1, 2019
Last day for MSU to receive a verified FAFSA for grants. April 12, 2019 Sept 13, 2019 Sept 21, 2019

*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 2018-2019 academic year include:

November 30, 2018

Last day to turn in verification documents for fall 2018 only loans

May 3, 2019

Last day to turn in verification documents for fall 2018-spring 2019 loans or spring 2019 only loans

July 19, 2019

Last day to turn in verification documents for summer 2019 only loans