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Applications That Must Be Verified

AwardYear: 1995-1996
ChapterNumber: 1
ChapterTitle: Basic Requirements
Section: Applications That Must Be Verified

When verification is required for an application, that application is
said to have been "selected" for verification.

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Under certain circumstances, a selected application may be excluded
from required verification (see the "30% Verification Option" and
"Exclusions From Verification" sections later in this chapter).

Edit-selected Applications

All students apply for the federal student aid programs by
completing either a paper Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) or paper Renewal Free Application for Federal Student
Aid (Renewal FAFSA), or by filing an electronic FAFSA or
Renewal FAFSA through a school participating in the Electronic
Data Exchange (EDE) system. Regardless of the filing option used,
the FAFSA is always processed in the same way, and the
verification procedures are also the same.

The FAFSA will be processed by one of four FAFSA processors,
which input and transmit the data to the Central Processing System
(CPS). In addition to calculating a student's eligibility, the CPS
checks the application, using several editing criteria that are
specifically designed to detect possible inconsistencies and mistakes.
For instance, if a dependent student reported the parents' marital
status as married but also reported the household size as "2," the
processing system's edit checks would catch the inconsistency and
report it. As a result of this edit procedure, certain student aid
applications are flagged for verification.

Each applicant who applies for federal student aid will receive a
Student Aid Report (SAR) or similar output document (paper or
electronic).*3* For the purposes of this guide, the term "output
document" specifies any official federal output from the CPS,
resulting from a student's application for federal student aid. This
federal output document could be a paper SAR, an electronic
Institutional Student Information Report (ISIR) received through the
EDE system, or ISIR data received directly on tape, cartridge, or
paper (applicant data roster).

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The federal output document provides a detailed description of aid
eligibility and the calculation of the applicant's official Expected
Family Contribution (EFC). The federal output document will
indicate if a student's application has been selected for verification.
For example, on the SAR, the processor prints an asterisk (*) to the
right of the EFC and includes (in the comments portion of the SAR)
verification instructions for the student. Verification selection is
also indicated on the ISIR.

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The CPS also "matches" the application data to several databases, to
catch and flag certain applicants such as those who have defaulted
on a federal student loan or who owe a repayment on a federal grant.
Such students may still be eligible for federal aid, but their federal
output document will note the questionable items. You must resolve
those items before delivering any funds to the student.

Applications Selected by the School

You may select any other application to be verified, as long as your
selection procedures are in accordance with consistently applied
institutional policies. If you select a student's application for
students whose applications were edit-selected (except that these
students are required to verify only the items required by the school).
The verification tolerance option also applies to these students.

Last Modified: 06/11/1998