In addition to standard application materials, you may be required to provide our office with additional information to complete your application and finalize your award. Listed below are some common documents or processes that students may have to complete. You can review the status of your financial aid application by clicking on "Banner Self Service" on the left side bar.
- Federal Verification
- Student Aid Report
- Verification of Siblings in College
- Submission of Extension to File
Q. What does verification mean and why was I selected?
A. Federal student aid programs offered by the U.S. Department of Education provide the largest source of student aid in America. To ensure that accurate data is being used in the awarding of these funds, the federal government requires that each institution's financial aid office verify the information, from a selection of students receiving need-based federal aid, reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The majority of these applications are selected at random and selection can occur at anytime throughout the award year. However, there are occasions where the responses to certain questions can lead to selection for verification. For instance, a student who reports that her parents are divorced, while at the same time lists income for both parents, may be selected for verification in order to clarify the discrepant information.
Q. What information is being verified?
A. We verify factors that have a significant effect on the family contribution, such as:
- Number of members reported in your household,
- Number of siblings enrolled at least half time in a degree granting program,
- Adjusted gross income, as listed on federal tax returns,
- Federal taxes paid, and
- Untaxed income and benefits, such as child support, and alimony.
Q. What happens to my federal funds while my information is being verified?
A. Your federal financial aid is not disbursed to your student account until the verification process is complete. If you have a balance due on your student account, you should not delay making a payment. Contact the financial aid office if you need assistance.
Q. How can I minimize the delay in receiving my federal funds, if I am selected for federal verification?
A. Make sure that you send all documents requested by the Office of Financial Aid in a timely manner and ensure that each document has the required signatures and dates. For example, all tax returns must be signed and dated.
Q. What if there is a change in my financial aid award as a result of the verification?
A. If the verification process reveals information that differs from the information provided on your initial application, it is possible that an adjustment will be made to your financial aid award. If your award is adjusted, you will receive an email notification to view your Banner Self Service account. You can contact the Office of Financial aid to learn more about the reasons for the change. You should view your Student Account to determine if the change to your award has resulted in a balance due to the University.
Student Aid Report (SAR)
Q. What is the Student Aid Report (SAR)?
A. The Student Aid Report (SAR) is the printout of the results of the information you submitted when filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Brown receives your FAFSA information electronically.