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Financial Aid Verification

FAFSA Verification

About 30% of all FAFSA filers are selected for verification. FAFSA verification is a federally mandated process that requires schools to collect documentation to check the accuracy of the FAFSA information. FAFSAs are selected for verification for many reasons and being selected does not mean that you did anything wrong. Wayne State College will not disburse aid or certify loan applications until verification is complete and accurate.

What happens if my FAFSA is selected for verification?

In addition to the FAFSA notification, you will be advised by email from the Office of Financial Aid at Wayne State College to submit additional documentation in order for your financial aid to be awarded. Once we receive all the required documents, we will complete your FAFSA verification review. If any discrepant information is found, we will correct your FAFSA and resubmit it to the federal processor to update.

How are FAFSA records chosen for verification?

FAFSAs can be selected as they are processed at CPS (the U.S. Department of Education’s FAFSA Central Processing System) or selected by Wayne State College based on specific selection criteria. If "selected for verification" by CPS, the selected FAFSA has already been assigned to a verification group when received by Wayne State College.

How will I be notified if my FAFSA has been selected for verification?

Wayne State College will notify students via their Wayne State College email when their FAFSA is selected for verification.

How do I get into Wildcats Online to view my “My To Dos”?

  1. Go to www.wsc.edu, select myWSC at the top, and log in.
  2. Select the Wildcats Online application.
  3. Once in Wildcats Online, click on the “Financial Aid” tab.
  4. On the right, there is a section called “My To Dos."

What documentation is required to complete FAFSA verification?

Students will have specific items in their “My To Dos” on their Wildcats Online portal that will identify the appropriate form(s) required for their verification. As we receive the required documents, we will update your information and the items will no longer show in the “My To Dos” on Wildcats Online.

How can I submit the required verification documents?

Verification documents can be submitted using any of the following options:

Is there a deadline for submitting and completing the verification?
There is not a definite deadline; however, it is in the student’s best interest to complete the FAFSA verification process as soon as possible.

How long does the verification process take?
The verification process cannot be finalized until all required documents/signatures are collected. Once all required documents are received, please allow two to three weeks for processing.

Can I elect to not complete the verification process?
Yes, you can elect to NOT complete the FAFSA verification process. However, making this decision means that you forfeit access to all federal aid, need-based aid, and Wayne State College’s institutional need-based aid. 

What if I have questions about this process?
Contact the Student Financial Services Office by email at [email protected] or by phone at 1-800-228-9972 ext. 7229.