The verification process requires you to confirm the data you reported on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In most cases, students are selected at random by the Department of Education for verification. The University reserves the right to select a record for verification if documentation does not appear to be accurate. If you are selected for verification, you will need to submit all required documentation before any Title IV aid can be disbursed to your account.

Eligibility for need-based awards is determined based on financial and other family information submitted by you. This information is used to calculate an expected family contribution (EFC) on your FAFSA.

In applying for and receiving need-based aid, you agree to provide any additional financial and other pertinent information to document your eligibility to this office, if requested by an authorized University official. The University reserves the right to request and review this additional information and, if necessary, to reduce or cancel awards made based on updated or corrected financial and other information. You are responsible for the accuracy of all data submitted on your FAFSA copies of federal tax transcripts, and other relevant documents.

Each year the U.S. Department of Education selects a percentage of students who complete the FAFSA to have their financial information verified. If you and your family are selected for verification, you will need to submit the some or all of the following — Please refer to the Missing Information Letter you received or to your “To Do List” in the Student Center of My Pitt:

If our office does not receive these documents, you will experience delays in receiving your financial aid. If inconsistencies or errors are found, our office will make the necessary corrections to the FAFSA before finalizing your aid package.