Financial Aid

students relaxing in UnionWhat is Verification?

Verification is a process used to verify certain information on the FAFSA to ensure its accuracy. UNC Wilmington participates in a program administered by the U.S. Department of Education called the Quality Assurance Program (QAP). The QAP process was designed by the U.S. Department of Education to ensure accuracy in the administration of federal financial aid. QAP expires with the 2016-2017 fiscal year.  For 2017-2018, files will be verified solely using Department of Education selection methods. Please make note that using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool reduces the chance of a file being selected for verification.

How do you know if you are selected by UNCW?

Around December of each academic year, students who have completed FAFSAs will begin receiving weekly verification notifications to their UNCW email addresses. The email will reflect exactly what is required and will also direct students to view additional guidance on SeaNet under Student Requirements and under Active Messages. Completing the requirements is required in order to receive a financial aid award. Please do not submit documents until you are selected for verification.

Why is your file being selected?

There are several possibilities for being selected for FAFSA verification. Here are the main reasons:

  • You were randomly selected.
  • The submitted FAFSA application has incomplete or conflicting data.
  • Your data fell into a system of edits used to identify the most commonly made errors.

How long does it take to be verified?

Processing time of verification documents is typically 7-10 business days. The status of your form(s) and verification can be viewed on SeaNet under Student Requirements and under Active Messages.