When completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, most of the questions on the form want to know your situation as of the day you sign the application. However, there are some instances in which you’ll want to (or be required to) change the information you reported.
The Department of Education, or the institution, may select your FAFSA to be verified. This process is known as verification. In this case, the accuracy of the information provided on the student’s FAFSA is verified in order to ensure that federal aid is distributed appropriately to those who are eligible. Your FAFSA may be selected for verification due to estimated information, inconsistencies, conflicting information, incompletion, or random selection.
Students will be notified that they are selected for verification via their student aid report (SAR) as well as through email, mail, or phone. If your FAFSA is elected by either the Department of Education or by Coker University, you are required to provide the requested documentation to the University and its representatives. This documentation will be used to verify the information you entered on the FAFSA. The student will receive a notification from KHEAA Verify to create an account at their site and submit requested documentation regarding verification. The Office of Student Financial Planning utilizes KHEAA Verify to process verification and unusual enrollment history information on the university’s behalf.
If you choose not to or fail to submit verification documents, the university will be unable to complete the review of your eligibility for financial aid. In rare cases, a student who has already been awarded federal and/or state financial aid may be selected for verification after financial aid has been disbursed. In the event that this happens, we will send notification by email. Failure to comply with the verification requirements will result in your aid being canceled and any future aid not disbursing to your student account. If financial aid had already disbursed to your student account, your financial aid will also be canceled which may result in a balance on your university student account. If you are selected for federal verification but do not wish to complete the process and want to cancel your aid application, you should send written notification to the Office of Student Financial Services.