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Verification and Additional Documents

UIC begins to process FAFSA’s received from the federal processor in February. Some students must submit additional documentation to the OSFA in order to verify information they reported on the FAFSA. If additional information is required, the OSFA will send you an email requesting specific documentation. It is important that you submit any required documentation in a timely manner. You cannot be awarded aid until all required documentation is received and processed.


Approximately 25% of student applicants are selected each year for verification. If selected, the OSFA will provide you a link to print a Verification Worksheet. You and your parents/spouse must complete the worksheet and return it along with all requested additional documentation. This will include, but is not limited to, your official federal tax information for 2014. This information may be provided using the IRS Data Retrieval option on your 2015-2016 FAFSA application, or by providing an official IRS Tax Return Transcript. To view a sample of an IRS Tax Return Transcript click here. Those submitting an official IRS Tax Return Transcript or those who are not required to file a 2014 federal tax return per the IRS regulations, will be required to submit any W-2 forms for 2014.

The OSFA will review the documentation you submit and make any necessary corrections to your FAFSA information. The verification process generally takes two to three weeks. Once completed, you will be notified via email.

Important: UIC does not verify students based on whether their Student Aid Report (SAR) states that they have been federally selected for verification. If you are selected for verification at UIC, the OSFA will inform you via email.

Other Required Documentation

Sometimes the federal processor flags a student’s FAFSA and requires additional documentation to verify FAFSA data. Students might be required to submit documentation regarding:

  • Citizenship
  • Selective Service
  • Bankruptcy
  • Loan Default
  • Loan Discharge
  • Veteran Status
  • Social Security Number/Name/Date of Birth Discrepancies
  • Federal Aid Overpayments

If any of this additional documentation is required, the OSFA will send you a request via email.

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