Verification ensures the accuracy of the information on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
If you're selected, you must complete the verification process to qualify for federal, state, or institutional need-based aid or federal loans.
After submitting your FAFSA, you'll receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Department of Education, which indicates if you're selected for verification. If you're selected, Bethel will send you a personalized Verification Form outlining the process.
Yes. Students can access their personalized Verification Form by logging on to Blink [Student Services tab > Financial Aid channel on the left (not the Financial Aid Requirements channel in the center) > under "Steps to apply for financial aid," choose the link for "your Verification Form."]
Documents will vary by student. Your Verification Form will indicate what you must verify, along with instructions for how to submit the information.
If you filed a Federal Income Tax return, you have two options (do not send copies of tax returns):
If you cannot use either of these methods, please document the issue you're experiencing and email Bethel's financial aid office so we can advise you.
Non-tax filers who need to verify income should complete and submit the Verification Form received from Bethel. Be sure to include copies of prior-year W-2s, or a statement indicating why a W-2 was not received.
After all required documents are submitted, Bethel will compare them to your FAFSA. If we find errors, we'll make corrections and send them to the U.S. Department of Education for reprocessing.
We recommend all families submit verification materials by July 1, prior to the start of fall term.
If you do not complete the verification process before the term of your enrollment has ended, you jeopardize receiving any federal aid for the term. Any delay in submitting all required documents will delay your financial aid, which may result in you being responsible for paying all or part of your bill until your financial aid disbursement takes place.
Individuals who have filed extensions, or who are self-employed and file their taxes later in the year, are not excused from the verification process. We recommend you file your federal income tax returns as soon as possible since a final financial aid award cannot be made until the verification process is completed.
If you are selected, you must complete the verification process to be eligible for federal, state, or institutional need-based aid or federal loans.
It takes 10 business days for the verification review process and an additional 10 business days if corrections are needed. More time may be necessary during peak periods (March through August).
The federal government or Bethel's Office of Financial Aid may select your application for verification at any time. The goal is to ensure you've provided accurate information so that you will be awarded the correct amount of aid.
While there are several reasons why a student may be selected for verification, some leading causes are:
You may be asked to provide documentation or clarification for one or more of the following items on your FAFSA (your personalized Verification Form will indicate exactly which of these items you will be required to verify):