Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions

Verification Questions

What is verification and why was my file selected for verification?
Many student FAFSAs are selected by the federal processor for a process called verification. This process is a federal requirement of confirming accuracy of data supplied by you and/or your parents on your FAFSA application. We will notify you by email and regular mail if your financial aid file has been selected for verification. Documents required may include IRS tax return transcripts, a completed institutional verification form, and other documents. The verification process must be complete before any federal aid or other needed based aid can disburse to your student account at Berry College.

What can I do to ensure that my file will clear the verification process?
Before completing the FAFSA, we encourage all families to make sure you have all the appropriate documents needed to accurately complete the application, such as a copy of your federal income tax return. We strongly encourage students and parents to use IRS Data Retrieval to file their FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA application early.

Why is the IRS Data Retrieval Tool recommended for FAFSA completion and verification purposes?
Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool is:

  1. The easiest way to provide your federal income tax data.
  2. The best way of ensuring that your FAFSA has accurate federal income tax information.
  3. Timely. It will keep you from having to order and provide a copy of your or your parents' IRS tax return transcripts to your college, which can take several weeks to receive.
  4. Minimizes the chances that your FAFSA will be selected for verification.

How long will the verification process take?
Verification may take 10 to 20 working days depending on various situations. However, during busy periods, the verification process may take longer due to the increased number of student files being verified. We encourage you to complete your FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA application early and to use our assistance in helping you fill out your forms accurately the FIRST time.