Because students occasionally make errors on their FAFSA applications, there is a process for verifying applications and making corrections. The Central Processing System selects which applications are to be verified, but on a case-by-case basis the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office may select individual students for verification.
Utah Valley University verifies all students selected by Central Processing System. Students may select themselves for verification. Students initially selected for verification by Central Processing System must complete verification before the student is awarded. Students who are selected for verification on a subsequent FAFSA transaction after their aid has disbursed must complete verification before they can receive additional aid; in addition, if they have been awarded work study they must stop working until their verification is completed. Students who have received a Direct Loan cannot have future loans originated until verification is completed.
If a student's financial aid application is found to have any conflicting information regarding eligibility for aid, the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office must resolve the conflict. We may request additional documents at any time to resolve the discrepancies.
For the 2015-2016 aid year, students must have a valid FAFSA by the last day of the term for which they are enrolled or June 30th, 2016, whichever is sooner. However, the ability to be awarded and/or retroactively awarded is determined by meeting all eligibility requirements at the time the file is completed. This includes Satisfactory Academic Progress. For the Pell Grant program, the student may submit verification documents no later than 100 days after the last day of enrollment, or two weeks before the last day of Summer term, whichever is sooner. Students may only be awarded retroactively for terms during which they met and maintained Satisfactory Academic Progress standards and met all other eligibility requirements.
For the Direct Loan and Campus-Based Aid programs, the student may submit verification documents no later than two weeks before their last day of enrollment, or two weeks before the last day of Summer term, whichever is sooner. Students may only be awarded retroactively for terms during which they met and maintained Satisfactory Academic Progress standards and met all other eligibility requirements.
Students who fail to submit their verification documents by the appropriate dates forfeit receiving Title IV aid as well as any other State or Institutional Aid that requires FAFSA information. If the student chooses to wait until the deadlines listed above to submit their verification documentation, the documentation will be processed; however, if they do not meet all eligibility requirements for the term they were enrolled in (including Satisfactory Academic Progress), they cannot be retroactively awarded. We encourage all students to submit verification documentation at least two weeks before they cease to be enrolled.
Note that loans cannot be originated after the last date of the student’s enrollment; consequently, failing to submit verification documents during the term he or she is enrolled will prevent him or her from receiving a loan. Therefore, the student must submit verification documents at least two weeks before they cease to be enrolled in order to receive a loan.
If the student is not initially selected for verification and receives a Pell Grant, but is then selected on a subsequent FAFSA transaction, the student cannot have additional Pell Grant funds disbursed to him or her. The student must provide the appropriate verification documents at least two weeks before he or she ceases to be enrolled. If the student does not provide the verification documentation within this time, he or she will forfeit Title IV aid and any State or Institutional aid that requires verification for the remaining award year. The student must repay any Pell Grant, Federal Supplementary Equal Opportunity Grant, or Perkins funds already received for that award year. The student must also stop working if he or she is receiving Federal Work Study funds. A student does not need to return to Utah Valley University the Direct Loan funds that were received before being selected for verification.
The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office will use the documentation you provide to verify the information you reported on the FASFA. If it is determined that there are discrepancies, corrections will be sent to the Department of Education. The Department of Education will review the information and may request further documentation. We will notify you under your Financial Aid Requirements in your UVLink if further information is required. If corrections are sent your Financial Aid Requirements in your UVLink will be updated and will state, “Corrections sent to Department of Education Allow 10 Days.”
If you were previously awarded federal student aid and your Expected Family Contribution and award change due to this verification process, you will be notified through your UVLink email account of the change and can view your updated awards in the Award section of your UVLink account. To view and accept your updated award go to your UVLink. Click on the Student Tab, Financial Aid Folder (under Banner Services), Award Folder, Award File, Select the appropriate Aid Year, Terms and Conditions, Accept Award Offer.
If selected, you will be required to provide the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office with specified forms and documents. Students can view their UVLink requirements to determine what documents are needed.
All Utah Valley University forms can be obtained through your UVLink Account. When returning the documentation to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, please label your documents clearly with your name and UV ID.
The following items may be requested for verification for the 2015-2016 year:
You can avoid long lines and submit most financial aid forms to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office by uploading them through your UVLink account. The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office cannot process incomplete documents. Citizenship documents and official transcripts may not be uploaded. All documents must be in PDF format.
Your uploaded document will be reviewed by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office in the order it was received. Check your UVLink requirements for additional or incomplete documents.
IRS Data Retrieval Tool
When completing your FAFSA, we recommend you use the Data Retrieval Tool located within the FAFSA application to verify your information.
To use the Data Retrieval Tool:
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO USE THE DATA RETRIEVAL TOOL, YOU HAVE THREE OPTIONS:
TO REQUEST YOUR IRS TAX RETURN TRANSCRIPT ONLINE (TO BE MAILED TO THE ADDRESS LISTED ON YOUR TAXES):
In order to request your IRS Tax Return Transcript online, you will need the Social Security number or the Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) and date of birth for the primary taxpayer, and the address from your latest U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.