What Is Verification?

Verification is the process of comparing the information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application with documents provided by the student.

The process is to verify the accuracy of the application information. The verification policies are used in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education verification guidelines.

  • The policy ensures that the information provided by the applicant is correct before any funds are awarded to the student.
  • All applications selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education will be verified. Others may be selected by the university's Financial Aid Office if inconsistent data information exists.
  • In accordance with federal guidelines, the university's financial aid policy is to withhold the awarding of federal student financial aid until the verification process is completed.

What Does It Mean to be Selected for Verification?

If you have been selected for verification, the student and/or parent will be required to submit requested documents. 

An email will be sent to your Embry-Riddle email account. The documents needed will be on your “Student Homepage” under the “Task” tile – “To Do’s.” 

If documents were received but incomplete or illegible, you will need to resubmit the requested document(s) to the Worldwide Financial Aid Office. You will be able to review the status of your items in your “Task” tile – “To Do’s.”

Submit all documents and completed forms required on your “To Do List” to the Secure Upload Link.

Please note: Verification processing time may take up to 4-6 weeks from the date the last required document is received. There are peak periods when processing times could be longer.

  • An email reminder is sent to the student's university e-mail account if additional documents are requested.

  • The “Task” tile (To Do’s) on your Student Homepage also lists the additional documents requested.

  • The requested verification documents must be received within 45 days of the first notification that documents are needed. You will be sent three notifications.

  • The Financial Aid Office must receive all verification documents no later than 30 days before the last day of enrollment or the end of the school year, whichever is earlier.

Applicants and students can review their financial aid “To Do’s List” online:

  • In ERNIE on the right side of the page go to "Tools."
  • Click "Campus Solutions Student Homepage.”
  • Click on the “Task” tile (To Do’s).
  • View each item in your “To Do List” for completion requirements.
  • Submit each required item as stated in your “Task Details.” – Prompt submission is strongly advised.

Financial aid will not be awarded until all requested documents are submitted and reviewed. If there are any discrepancies between your information provided on your FAFSA application and your submitted verification documents, the Financial Aid Office may request additional documents to resolve the discrepancies. 

If additional documents are needed to complete verification, an email will be sent to your Embry-Riddle email account.

How do I view, complete, and upload documents on my To Do List?

Corrections made by the university: If the verification process results in corrections to any items on the FAFSA, the Financial Aid Office will submit those changes electronically to the Department of Education. The student will be notified by the FAFSA Central Processor of the changes through email. The Financial Aid Office will also notify you by email if corrections are needed.

Corrections made by the student: Students are not encouraged to make changes to their FAFSA after they submit their applications. However, in the event that the student must make changes or additions online:

Notifications: In addition to your results of your FAFSA (your Student Aid Report) from the Federal Student Aid Programs, Embry-Riddle will send an email to your ERNIE email account.

Email is an official means of communication for students at Embry-Riddle. All official university email will be sent to each student’s assigned university email address. 

Students are responsible for reading emails received from the university.

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