Every year, federal regulation requires all post-secondary institutions awarding federal financial aid to complete Verification on a select number of their FAFSA applicants (CFR Title 34, Part 668, Subpart E). The students are selected by either the US Department of Education or the institution. Students selected for Verification must submit necessary supporting documents listed in their Workday My Tasks under Action Items. Submitted documentation will be compared to what was submitted in the student’s FAFSA, and any necessary corrections will be made to the FAFSA by the institution.

Important Deadlines

Before Submitting Documentation Checklist

  • Double-check the Workday My Tasks under Action Items to ensure that you will submit acceptable documentation and everything we asked you to submit. Please also double-check any email communication you may have received from a Financial Aid advisor to ensure that you will submit everything we asked you to
  • All information is legible, hand-signed, and fully completed
  • Federal tax documents and/or income statements are from 2022 for the 24-25 FAFSA

If the forms contain incomplete, missing, or non-legible information, there will be an additional delay of 3-4 weeks in processing the student’s financial aid. Please double-check all forms before submitting them to our office.

Submission of Verification

  • Please check your student Iowa State email and/or the parent’s email listed on the FAFSA frequently as well as your My Tasks in Workday for additional documentation required as our staff review.

When completed, the verification documents should be sent to the Office of Student Financial Aid. The following are all the ways you can submit forms starting with the most preferred to least preferred methods:

If the Office of Student Financial Aid is closed, please utilize the drop boxes located in the hallway by the restrooms and elevator to the left of the Office of Student Financial Aid

Office of Student Financial Aid
515 Morrill Road
0210 Beardshear Hall
Ames, IA 50011-2103

(515) 294-3622

Processing Time

Standard Verification can take up to 2+ weeks for staff to review. If errors in documentation or additional documentation are requested after initial documentation has been submitted, this will increase the time it takes to complete Verification. Please submit your forms as early as possible to prevent any delays. Please read all directions on the documentation requested. Ensure your documents are acceptable forms listed on the student’s Action Item in Workday. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid if you have questions about what is needed to complete Verification.