2016-2017 Verification Selection and Acceptable Documentation

Verification of FAFSA information may be required of 2016-17 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.

Although a student’s Student Aid Report (SAR) may indicate his or her FAFSA was selected for verification, during the 2016-17 academic year UGA participates in the U.S. Department of Education's Quality Assurance Program (QAP); therefore, UGA OSFA annually establishes its own verification selection criteria, as well as the applicable verification policy and procedures.  For this reason, only those students who receive e-mails from OSFA informing them their FAFSAs have been selected are required to complete the verification process at UGA.  Even when a student’s Student Aid Report (SAR) does not indicate the student has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education, the student is required to complete the verification process if UGA OSFA selects his or her FAFSA.

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:

  • Send the UGA Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) their 2015 IRS Tax Return Transcript by following these instructions. You may also need to read the following:

Parents of Dependent Students

Independent Students

Impact of a Tax Filing Extension on Verification

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) granting of an extension to file a 2015 federal tax return does not eliminate the requirement to provide UGA OSFA the requested verification documentation.