Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Verification Information

Verification Information and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the Verification Process?

Students are selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education or the university. If you are selected for verification, our office will request documents from you to verify the information you reported on the FAFSA. Submitting these documents as soon as possible will help to avoid delays in your financial aid.

How do I view the requested verification documents?

The requested information has been posted on your MyUNIverse account:

  1. Click Go to My Student Center.

  2. Information requested will be listed in the To Do List on the right side of the screen.

  3. Click More for further instructions.

  4. By clicking the actual item in the To Do List, specific information is available.

  5. You can also review: How to View Requested Verification Documents (PDF)

Will I still get my financial aid if I have been selected for verification?

Yes! Don’t panic about verification. It’s just a process that is used to confirm that the information you provided on your FAFSA is accurate. Please contact our office or set up an appointment if you have ANY questions about verification!

Once verification is complete, if your award has been revised, you will receive an email advising you to review your award online. Please note that you may have to accept/decline any new award.

Important Information

Your financial aid will NOT pay out until we receive the requested information and any necessary changes have been processed!

Document Requested Reminders

  • Submit all documents as quickly as possible. The verification process can take up to 7-10 days to be completed.

  • Make sure all documents are complete, legible, signed, and have your UNI Student ID number on each page.

  • 2020 Federal tax documents and/or income statements are for the 22-23 FAFSA. Please make sure all Tax Documents are signed and have the student’s ID number. 

    • If student/parent(s) are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when they complete the FAFSA, we strongly encourage student/parent(s) to do so. This will retrieve the tax information directly from the IRS.

    • If you are unable to use the IRS Data retrieval, we will need to review student/parent(s) 2020 tax documents.

  • 2019 Federal tax documents and/or income statements are for the 21-22 FAFSA

    • If student/parent(s) are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when they complete the FAFSA, we strongly encourage student/parent(s) to do so. This will pull the tax information directly from the IRS.

    • If you are unable to use the IRS Data retrieval, we will need to review student/parent(s) 2019 tax documents.

You can submit documents via:

  • The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, 105 Gilchrist Hall, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0024

  • Email: fin-aid@uni.edu (As a reminder students and parents should never send personally identifiable information such as Social Security Numbers via email)

  • Fax: (319) 273-6950

You will receive an email if more information is requested.