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Verficiation Policy

As part of the Financial Aid Process, a student may be selected for Verification.  This is usually a random selection by the federal processor.  UW-Platteville also may select additional files to verify.

If you are selected for verification, it means that we must request certain documents from you in order to verify that certain information that you supplied on the FAFSA form is correct.

Once the FAFSA form is received by UW-Platteville, and it is determined that you have been selected for verification, you will receive an e-mail indicating that you should sign into your UW-Platteville PASS account in order to view the documents needed from you in order for us to complete the verification process.  These documents usually include IRS Tax Transcripts, W-2 forms, and the Verification Worksheet.  Other documents may be needed as well.  Examples of additional documents include, but are not limited to, proof of child support received or paid, Schedules from your tax return, or proof of other untaxed income.  You will always be notified via letter, phone call, or e-mail of documents that are needed.  It is important that these documents are turned in as soon as possible.  No aid will be disbursed to your tuition account until the documents are received and your file has been verified. 

Verification requires that the University verify that some or all of the following information supplied on the FAFSA is correct:

  • Household size
  • Number in college
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • Child support paid
  • Adjusted Gross Income
  • US income tax paid
  • Education credits
  • Untaxed IRA distributions
  • Untaxed pensions
  • IRA deductions
  • Tax exempt interest
  • Income earned from work
  • High school completion status
  • Identity/Statement of Educational Purpose

If, during the verification process any amounts previously reported on the FAFSA need to be changed, UW-Platteville will make those corrections and send them electronically to the federal processor.  You will be notified that we made those changes by the federal processor.  If any resulting changes occur to your financial aid award, you will be sent a new financial aid award letter.

It is a federal crime to deliberately falsify any information on the FAFSA form in order to receive federal financial aid inappropriately.  Any cases where it is determined that deliberate tampering with FAFSA information occurred will be referred to the Office of Inspector General as required by the institution’s Program Participation Agreement.

Revised: March 6, 2013

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