Federal Verification

What is verification & who is selected?

Verification is the process of confirming that the information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is accurate. You can get selected for verification either by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at MSU Denver or by the U.S. Department of Education.

If selected, you will be required to complete the verification process by submitting all requested documentation. You will be notified of the documentation that you will be required to submit through your MSU Denver email and through your Student Hub.

In accordance with the Department of Education’s guidelines, you will not be offered financial aid until verification is completed. In some cases, you may be institutionally selected or selected by the Department of Education after you have been offered or received aid. Typically, this may happen if any corrections or updates to your FAFSA are made after you have been initially awarded aid.

If during the verification process it is determined that corrections need to be made to your FAFSA, the Office of Financial and Scholarships will make those corrections on your behalf and submit your FAFSA for reprocessing. This may cause a change to your EFC which will be used to determine your aid offer. If you have already been offered or received aid and were selected for verification afterwards, your current aid offer may be adjusted after verification is completed. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will notify you of any changes to your awards through a Revised Award Letter sent to your MSU email account.

Verification Details

Satisfactory Academic Progress/Appeal

Be sure to select Satisfactory Academic Progress on the drop down. Processing times may vary.

Submit a SAPAP Here!

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Special Circumstances

Aid administrators are allowed to consider certain special financial situations a family may be currently experiencing on a case-by-case basis and consider adjusting either the Cost of Attendance or the data elements that make up the need formula on the FAFSA. If you have been selected for Verification, you must complete the Verification process before your appeal will be considered or reviewed. Below are some examples of special circumstances although this is not an exhaustive list.

  • Change in employment status, income, or assets
  • Divorce, separation or death of a spouse or a parent’s house
  • Change in housing status (e.g., homelessness)
  • Tuition expenses at an elementary or secondary school
  • Medical, dental, or nursing home expenses not covered by insurance
  • Child or dependent care expenses
  • Purchase or rental of a computer for educational purposes
  • Severe disability of the student or other member of the student’s household and the costs associated that are not covered by insurance or other benefits

You have the right to appeal based on your family’s special circumstances and be consider for additional aid or additional costs considered in your Cost of Attendance. An approved appeal may or may not result in additional aid. You must submit the appropriate form and required documentation to be considered. Please go to our Student Forms page under the Appeal Forms section to submit the appeal for your special circumstances.

Unusual Circumstances

Aid administrators have the authority to consider unusual circumstances for a student who does not qualify for independent status on the FAFSA but whose unusual circumstances may allow the student to be considered independent anyway.

Examples of Unusual Circumstances:

  • Human trafficking, as described in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (22 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.)
  • Legally granted refugee or asylum status
  • Parental abandonment, abuse or estrangement
  • Parental incarceration

Unusual Circumstances Do Not Include:

  • Parents refuse to contribute to the student’s education
  • Parents will not provide information for the FAFSA or verification
  • Parents do not claim the student as a dependent for income tax purposes
  • Student demonstrates total self-sufficiency

You must submit a Dependency Override Appeal (DEPFAM) and required documentation for consideration. If approved, the unusual circumstances will qualify you for independent status and only your information will be needed on the FAFSA and you will be awarded independent based aid if eligible.