What is Verification?

The verification process is used to confirm that the data you reported on your FAFSA is accurate and is a requirement of the federal and state financial aid programs. Federal and/or state financial aid funds (including student loans) will not be certified or disbursed to a student that has been selected for verification until the process has been completed.

Why was I selected?

Approximately 30 percent of financial aid applicants are selected for verification. Those who have been selected are informed of their selection via the Student Aid Report (SAR).

How do I complete Verification?

Please follow the instructions below to log in to your Rowan Self Service account for additional information regarding the documentation.

  1. Log in to Rowan Self Service
  2. Select the Financial Aid tab
  3. Then select "Financial Aid Status" under the Main Menu
  4. Select the award year from the drop down options, and click submit
  5. Click on "Unsatisfied Student Requirements"

Alternatively, you can visit the verification site directly

The first time you log-in to view the financial aid requirements you will be asked to verify you name, date of birth, and SSN. This information must match the information you submitted on the FAFSA.

Verification Tips

  1. All forms and supporting documentation must be uploaded into the verification portal directly. If you do not have access to a scanner, you can take clear photographs with a smartphone or similar device and upload the images to the portal.
  2. If a parent signature is required to complete a form, the student can e-sign and send an email notification to the parent to e-sign or choose to opt-out of e-signature. Signature types must match. For example, if the student e-signs, the parent must e-sign, if the student ink signs, the parent must as well. 
  3. If you are being asked to upload a document and you aren't quite sure why, please look at the answers you selected on your form. The system will request required documents based off of your answer choices. A common error is for a student to check the box under "Tax Filers" even though the student never worked or earned income during the given tax year. If this option is selected, the system will require the student to upload their IRS Tax Return Transcript. If you go back into the form, there is an option to select that the student did not work and was not required to file taxes. When the correct selection is made, the system will no longer request additional documentation for that item. 
  4. If you submitted your household form then got a message that it was rejected because the number of family members does not match the FAFSA, this is an easy fix. Since household size is one of the FAFSA data elements that can change the amount of aid for which you qualify, if we see a household size that is less than reported on the FAFSA, we will reject the form and make sure you double-check that you did not erroneously omit someone that should be on the form. If the form is correct, you can resubmit it without making any changes.