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Temporary changes made to financial aid verification

By Catherine Mueller

July 28, 2021

A temporary change in the financial aid process may provide relief for some college students.

The U.S. Department of Education has made changes to the verification process, removing some of the requirements placed on both students and on the colleges and universities they plan to attend. Verification is the process in which students are asked to provide additional documentation to verify some of the information provided on their financial aid applications.

The Department of Education implemented the temporary change to provide relief to students and institutions, which have been impacted by the pandemic. Although they have removed some of the requirements, students may still be asked to complete verification, depending on the type of information needed. In addition to the Department of Education verifying information, the college or university or a state grant or lending agency may require additional documentation.

Students who have been asked to verify information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid can check with their college or university about completing the requirement.