What is Verification?

One of every three students to file a FAFSA is selected for a review process called Verification; which requires their school to verify the accuracy of the FAFSA.

There are three separate Verification Groups for the 2018-19 school year, they are the Standard Verification Group, Custom Verification Group, and Aggregate Verification Group.  Verification must be completed before any Federal and/or State Aid is disbursed to a student.

Berea College students selected for 2018-19 verification are expected to complete verification requirements prior to registering for Fall 2018 courses.  These students will not be allowed to complete registration until verification requirements are complete, or determined by Student Financial Aid Services to be adequately and actively in progress.  Incoming freshmen, new transfer, readmit students , and current students selected for verification after Fall 2018 course registration has taken place are expected to complete verification requirements before confirmation can be completed at the beginning of the Fall 2018 term.  These students will not be allowed to complete confirmation until verification requirements are complete or determined by Student Financial Aid Services to be adequately and actively in progress.

If a student does not provide the required verification documentation before the verification deadline published in the Federal Register, the student forfeits their Pell Grant and any other Title IV aid that they may have been awarded for that year.  Any payments made to the student for the year must be returned.

When verification results in a need to correct FAFSA information determined to be in error, Student Financial Aid Services will, in most cases, make the necessary correction(s).  In some cases, Student Financial Aid Services may contact a student to inform them that they need to log into their FAFSA to make a correction (example: if the correction will result in new questions that were previously left unanswered, such as asset information or information for a second parent not previously reported).

When a student’s EFC changes, as the result of verification or any other change to the FAFSA, an email is sent to the student informing them that their financial aid award has been updated and that they may view their updated award letter on their MyBerea portal.

Referral of Fraud Cases

If Berea College suspects that a student, employee, or other individual has misreported information or altered documentation to fraudulently obtain federal funds, the College will make a report and provide any evidence to the Office of Inspector General, in accordance with federal policies.