Verification Groups

Students who are selected for verification will be placed in one of the following groups by CPS to determine which FAFSA information must be verified.

V1—Standard Verification Group:  (Students in this group must verify the following if they are tax filers)

  • adjusted gross income
  • U.S. income tax paid
  • untaxed portions of IRA distributions
  • untaxed portions of pensions
  • IRA deductions and payments
  • tax-exempt interest income
  • education credits
  • household size
  • number in college
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits
  • child support paid

Students who are not tax filers must verify the following:

  • income earned from work
  • household size
  • number in college
  • SNAP benefits
  • child support paid

V4—Custom Verification Group: Students must verify high school completion status and identity/statement of educational purpose in addition to receipt of SNAP benefits and payment of child support.

V5—Aggregate Verification Group: Students must verify high school completion status and identity/statement of educational purpose in addition to the items in the Standard Verification Group.

V6—Household Resources Group: Students must verify the items in the Standard Verification Group as well as certain other untaxed income on the 2015–2016 FAFSA:

• payments to tax-deferred pension and retirement savings plans (Questions 45a and 94a)

 • child support received (Questions 45c and 94c)

 • housing, food, and other living allowances paid to members of the military, clergy, and others (Questions 45g and 94g)

• veterans’ non-education benefits (Questions 45h and 94h)

 • other untaxed income (Questions 45i and 94i)

 • money received or paid on the applicant’s behalf (Question 45j)

 • resources or benefits not appearing on the FAFSA, such as in-kind support from a relative or a government agency.