You finally got the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) filled out and sent in. You think everything is going smoothly until you receive a notification in the mail saying you have been selected for FAFSA verification. What does this mean?

Verification is a process used to verify certain information on the FAFSA to ensure its accuracy. Some students are selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Others are selected by the school. Federal Verification is review process used to determine the accuracy of information provided on a student's financial aid application.

If a student is selected for verification, they will be required to provide documentation supporting the data provided in the FAFSA.

Red Rocks Community College will notify students if additional documentation is needed to complete a financial aid file via U.S. mail or electronically.

A completed Federal Verification Worksheet will be needed from each student selected for verification. To access this form, click here.

Additional documentation may include:

  • A 2015 IRS tax return transcript for 2016-2017 FAFSA
  • All 2015 W2s for 2016-2017 FAFSA
  • Proof of Citizenship
  • Proof of Selective Service registration
  • Copies of Social Security cards and/or benefits statements
  • Additional worksheets/information as required by the financial aid office

After you turn in all required documents, the Financial Aid Office will review your documentation against the most recent FAFSA on file. If errors are found, additional documentation may be requested and corrections will be made.

In order for students to receive their financial aid awards as soon as possible, it is important FAFSA applications are submitted before the priority dates listed and accurate contact information is maintained with Red Rocks Community College. Information regarding the status and information needed can be found by accessing your account on the web.

The Financial Aid Office will not be able to award any student who has not submitted required documentation. Significant errors in completing your FAFSA could result in a delay in receiving your financial aid and the amount of aid you qualify for. Students can access the most common forms for verification documentation by following this link.