You are probably on this page because your FAFSA was selected for verification. If your FAFSA was selected for verification you must complete all requirements for this process to receive financial aid.
About 22% of students who file a FAFSA are selected for the verification process. In this process, schools collect documentation from applicants to check the accuracy of FAFSA information. Additional documentation may be requested during the process of verification. If chosen for verification, documents will be requested through your MySam account.
What happens during verification?
During the verification process, our office collects documentation to compare to the information input on the FAFSA. If there is information that does not match, the financial aid office will submit a correction to the U.S. Department of Education.
It may take 5-10 business days to complete the verification process once we have received all of your requested documentation. Please keep in mind that this process may take longer during peak processing times.
Your financial aid offer can potentially change due to the corrections made during the verification process. If your financial aid offer does change you will be notified that a correction was processed and you can review the new financial aid offer on your account.
What documentation do I need to submit?
The documents required will vary for each student. Forms and requests will be listed in your MySam account.
To see what needs to be submitted:
Log into your MySam account
Find the Financial Aid Requirements box
Click on the Financial Aid Requirements link
Note: Make sure you are looking at the correct academic year once in your account.
Why use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool?
Easy: Transfers info with the click of a button
Fast: Instantly retrieves your information
Accurate: Correctly fills in data fields
Reduces amount of documents needing to be submitted to our office
How do I get an IRS Tax Return Transcript?
If for any reason you cannot use IRS Data Retrieval, you can request a tax return transcript using Get Transcript at irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript.
Please ensure you request the correct document. The Tax Return Transcript should look like the example on the right.
Other documents could be requested due to federal requirements during the verification process or after verification has been completed. Remember to always check your MySam account for the status of your financial aid account and to view any requested documents.
You may be required to submit additional documentation even though you have not been selected for verification. These documents may include but are not limited to;
Citizenship/eligible non-citizen status
High school completion
Documentation of independent student status
If requested, please submit the documents immediately to avoid delaying your financial aid. You can access your MySam account by
Logging into your MySam account
Finding the Financial Aid Requirements box
Clicking on the Financial Aid Requirements link
How can I submit requested documentation?
In an effort to protect your confidential and personally identifiable information (i.e. social security number, tax information), documents may not be submitted via email.
Scholarships & Financial Aid accepts documents for students submitted via fax, postal mail, or in-person.
Fax: (936) 294-3668
Huntsville, TX 77341
What if I don't finish verification?
You must complete verification before your financial aid will apply to your billing account. Your financial aid will not award and/or disburse, if you fail to submit all required documentation
Please respond immediately to any requests from our department.
You will receive a deadline to complete verification, if you were selected for verification after you received financial aid. Your financial aid will be cancelled and you may be required to repay previously awarded aid, if you do not complete verification by your given deadline.