Federal Verification

Verification is a process of checking the accuracy of the information submitted on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). During this process, the LMU Financial Aid Office is required to collect copies of certain documents used to complete the student’s FAFSA. 

If the information submitted conflicts with the information reported on the FAFSA, LMU is obligated to make corrections to the student’s FAFSA before financial aid eligibility can be accurately determined and funds awarded.

Most students selected for verification have been randomly selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Processor. However, there are other potential reasons for being selected for verification:

  • The submitted FAFSA application had incomplete data.
  • The data on the FAFSA application appears to have contradicting data.
  • The FAFSA application has estimated information.
  • The Financial Aid Office may select students for federal verification in connection with the review of an appeal.

It is required that you complete federal verification to receive the following: All federal financial aid (Pell, FSEOG Grants, Perkins Loan, Work-Study), all Cal Grants or other state funded financial aid, LMU Grant, LMU Need-Based Scholarships, or LMU Institutional Loans.

However, federal verification is not required for students who are only eligible for the following: LMU Tuition Benefits, LMU Merit Scholarships, Athletic Aid, Parent or Graduate PLUS Loans, Unsubsidized Direct Loans, and TEACH Grant or LMU WORK.

The links below provide details on what is required to complete federal verification. 

Federal Verification playlist