What is Verification?
When completing the FAFSA, students may be selected for a process called “Verification” by the U.S. Department of Education. This process requires UAMS to verify the information provided on your FAFSA with financial documents you must provide to our office. The required documents will be requested once UAMS receives your FAFSA and may include, but are not limited to, a signed copy of your federal tax return transcript(s) and the Verification Worksheet. If you are a dependent student, you will also be required to submit a copy of your parents’ signed federal tax return transcript(s). You may be asked to submit other documents as needed to complete the verification process.
Your Student Aid Report (SAR) will inform you if you are selected for verification. If there are discrepancies between the information provided on the FAFSA and your financial documents, UAMS will make electronic corrections to your FAFSA data on your behalf. Important note: Our office will not proceed with your aid application until all required documents are returned and the verification process is complete. Any correction(s) made to your FAFSA may cause changes to your financial aid account including award amounts.
UAMS is required by the Department of Education to complete the verification process for any student selected. You cannot receive any federal financial aid until the process is complete. Please assist us in completing this process as soon as possible so that your financial aid will not be delayed.
If you have questions regarding the “Verification” process, please contact our office at (501) 686-5451.
Referrals of Fraudulent/Criminal Conduct
If it is suspected that a student, employee, or other individual has misreported information or altered documentation to fraudulently obtain federal funds, our office must report our suspicions and provide any evidence to the Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG). Our office will refer to OIG any credible information indicating that an applicant for Federal Student Aid may have engaged in fraud or other criminal misconduct in connection with his or her application. (Referenced from Page 104 of the 2012-13 Application and Verification Guide and Volume 2 Page 32 of the 2012-13 FSA Handbook)
Common misconduct includes false claims of independent student status, false claims of citizenship, use of false identities, forgery of signatures of certifications, and false statements of income. Fraud is the intent to deceive as opposed to a mistake. UAMS SFS will report any suspicious activity and provide any credible evidence, on the part of a student to OIG by phoning 1-800-MISUSED and/or by the mailing address listed below. Our office will not process the student’s financial aid application unless the issue is resolved. (Referenced from Page 104 of the 2012-13 Application and Verification Guide and Volume 2 Page 32 of the 2012-13 FSA Handbook)
OIG Address and Phone Numbers
Regional Offices Telephone Numbers
|Boston, MA (617) 289-0174
New York, NY (646) 428-3861
Philadelphia, PA (215) 656-6900
Atlanta, GA (404) 974-9430
Chicago, IL (312) 730-1630
Dallas, TX (214) 661-9530
Denver, CO (303) 844-0058
Kansas City, MO (816) 268-0530
Long Beach, CA (562) 980-4141
San Juan, PR (787) 766-6278
Washington, DC (202) 245-6911
Inspector General’s Hotline
Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1500
(Referenced from Page 104 of the 2012-13 Application and Verification Guide)