2018-2019 Verification Selection and Acceptable Documentation

Verification of FAFSA information may be required of 2018-19 applicants. Students must complete the verification process before federal student financial aid can be awarded. Students who only wish to apply for the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarships do not need to complete verification.

The UGA Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) will notify students of their need to complete verification by sending an email to the student’s UGAMail account instructing them to view their outstanding requirements on Athena.

The verification processing time is generally three to four weeks during peak season (June-September), and two to three weeks during non-peak season (October-May). Therefore, students should begin the process as early as possible. Please Note: The verification process does not begin until all requested documents have been submitted. To prevent processing delays students and parents should submit all requested documentation at the same time.

Acceptable Verification Documentation

To verify the federal income tax return information entered on the FAFSA, students and parents of Dependent Students must:

Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import their 2016 Federal Income Tax Return information directly on to their FAFSA; or

Send the UGA Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) their 2016 IRS Tax Return Transcript by following these instructions.

Students may have additional verification requirements which can be viewed in Athena.