1201 S. State Street,
Big Rapids, MI 49307
WHAT IS VERIFICATION?
When you completed your FAFSA, you probably received a message that said "Congratulations, you have successfully submitted your FAFSA for 2022-2023". However, 30% of students that successfully submit the FAFSA will have to complete an additional process called "verification" before their financial aid is official. Please follow the steps below to provide our office with the information necessary to complete the verification process. Near the bottom of this page you will find a list of frequently asked verification questions for more detail. If you have unanswered questions, you may contact the financial aid office at [email protected] or (231) 598-8210.
Step One - Verification Form
If you were selected for the verification process, please print, complete and return the appropriate verification form from the list below. Please note that forms are aid year specific. Please make sure you choose the form for the appropriate aid year.
2021-2022 Forms (Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 2022) Tax Year 2019
2022-2023 Forms (Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Summer 2023) Tax Year 2020
Step Two - Tax Documentation
In addition to the verification form, tax data must be provided from the Internal Revenue Service for both the student and the custodial parent(s). The type of acceptable tax documentation depends on the 2018 or 2019 tax-filing status of the student and the custodial parent(s).
Please read the following instructions for providing tax documentation.
Occasionally we must request additional documentation from you after we receive your verification documents due to discrepancies that arise once your file is reviewed. We will notify you if any additional documentation is required. Again, it is important to submit all requested information as quickly as possible to prevent the loss of some forms of aid.