The Verification Process

The U.S. Department of Education requires universities to verify the accuracy of information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This requirement means that a percentage of students that complete the FAFSA are selected for the verification process. 

If you’ve received notification that you were selected for the verification process, you must complete and submit all of the requested documentation in order to receive your financial aid offer. We strongly encourage you to review the information provided below. 

  1. Log in to your FinAid Portal.

    • Before you log in, you must select the desired academic year from the Select Award Year to View drop-down menu. 
    • Then, select the Show Me My Financial Aid Status button. You will be prompted to enter your Directory ID and password to access the secure portal.
  2. Review and complete the required verification documents.
    • Navigate to the View and Complete Your Verification and Award Documents page, found within the To Do section of the portal. 
    • Each document has specific directions on how it must be completed and submitted. Please follow these directions carefully.
      • If required, the V1 Standard Form must be submitted by uploading it through the FinAid Portal. 
      • All other documents can be submitted via fax or mail. To do so, please use the information below:
        • Fax: 1.301.405.9265
        • Mailing Address:
          University of Maryland
          Office of Student Financial Aid
          0120 Lee Building, 7809 Regents Drive
          College Park, MD 20742
    • It is important that you include your University ID number on all documents you submit. Failing to do so may result in delayed receipt of your financial aid package. 

Please complete this process as soon as your are able to do so. Your financial aid offer cannot be released until this process has been completed. 

During the verification process, you or your parent(s)/guardian(s) may be asked to provide federal tax information.

If this is the case, the steps you follow will depend on whether the associated tax return has been filed or not. If federal tax information is required for you to complete the verification process, please carefully read the information provided below:

  • If you have filed the associated tax return, please return to your FAFSA and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to electronically transfer the federal tax information to your FAFSA. 

    • In some cases, you or your parent/guardian may not be eligible to use the DRT. In this instance, please visit the IRS website to request your tax transcript. Once you have received the transcript and written your University ID number on it, you can either mail it or fax it to our office.
  • If you have not filed and are not required to file the associated tax return, please use IRS form 4506-T to request a Verification of Non-Filing Letter for either an independent student (and spouse, if applicable) or a parent/guardian.



If after reviewing the information provided above, you still have questions about the verification process, please review our Detailed Verification FAQs.