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FAFSA Verification Policy

The U.S. Department of Education selects approximately one in three students for verification of the information provided on the student's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In limited situations SDSU may also select students for verification of FAFSA information.

The South Dakota Enrollment Services Center (ESC) will send a letter and Verification Form to all SDSU students selected for verification. Students must promptly complete and return the completed form with the required documentation. Incomplete Verification Forms will be returned to the student for completion. Unless otherwise instructed, the verification form should be returned to the Enrollment Service Center. Financial aid eligibility cannot be determined until the verification process has been completed.

Once the verification documentation has been received, it will be compared to data elements on the student's FAFSA. If the information on the FAFSA matches the documentation provided, then no changes to the FAFSA are required, and SDSU will award financial aid based on the original FAFSA results.

If the verification process results in corrections to any data elements on the FAFSA, the Enrollment Service Center will submit those changes electronically. Both the student and SDSU will be notified of the reprocessed FAFSA results. In this situation, SDSU will award financial aid based on the reprocessed FAFSA results.

Verifications completed after federal student aid has already been awarded or disbursed may result in adjustments to the already awarded or disbursed aid. SDSU's Financial Aid Office will notify the student of the adjustment with a revised Award Letter. Additional aid may be provided if the revised Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is less than the original EFC. If the revised EFC is greater than the original EFC, the student may have a reduction in federal student aid. Students owing a refund to a federal student aid program are ineligible for additional aid and may be considered in default on a student loan if the aid is not repaid timely. Additional student aid, cannot be paid to the student until the refund is resolved with the SDSU Financial Aid Office. Unresolved refunds and/or fraud verification cases may be referred to the United States Department of Education for collection purposes and to document ineligibility for future student financial aid.