I need to fill out an Independent Verification Worksheet. Can you give me tips on how to complete it?

Modified on Tue, 19 Jul 2022 at 11:38 AM

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The Independent Verification worksheet is a document the Financial Aid Office sends to you if you've been selected for a process called “verification.” The U.S. Department of Education selects applicants for this process when it wants us to confirm the information submitted on a FAFSA. To do that, we use the information you submit on the Independent Verification worksheet.

Did you submit an Independent Verification worksheet but were notified that it has an incomplete status? Please check below for the most common mistakes made when filling out this form.


  1. Section B Needs More Information
    • Family members and Enrollment status must both be noted on the Independent Verification worksheet for it to be complete.
      1. List the names of each member of your household, their relationship to you, their age, and their college enrollment status. Do not leave a space blank. If someone isn’t enrolled in college, enter “N/A” in the “College Enrollment” column, and “No” in the “Will Enroll at least half-time” column.
    • The highlighted checkboxes below must indicate your marital status.
    • If you were married (regardless of gender) on the day you filed your 21-22 FAFSA, you must include a copy of your spouse’s 2019 IRS 1040 Tax Return and Schedules, even if you were not married during the 2019 tax year.

Example of correctly completed Section B:

Independent Verification Worksheet Part B


  1. Missing Part of or All of a Section
    • For the Independent Verification worksheet to be complete, all sections of the form need to be filled out. Please make sure that each section of the form (A – D) has all necessary boxes checked or information entered. In section ‘C’ (Student/Spouse Tax Forms and Income) only one box needs to be checked.

Example of correctly completed Section C:

Independent Verification Worksheet Part C


  1. All Verification Documents Need a “Wet” or Handwritten Signature on ‘Section D’
    • For compliance reasons, the Independent Verification worksheet needs to be submitted to the Financial Aid Office with a handwritten signature. You can do this by taking & uploading a photo of the signed last page or scanning a copy of the signed last page.

Example of correctly completed Section D, signed by both the student and spouse (if student is married):

Independent Verification Worksheet Part D


  1. How do I get my completed Verification Worksheet to the Financial Aid Office?

    If none of these issues apply to your Dependent Verification Worksheet, submit a ticket to the Support Hub so we can help.

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