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Verification of Information

Verification is a random quality-control method used by the U.S. Department of Education to check the accuracy of information submitted on the FAFSA. All schools that disburse federal Title IV funds are required to participate in the verification process. The verification process is a manual review of your application and requires additional documentation and additional processing time.

Review a list of ways to reduce your chances of being selected for verification on the How to Apply for Financial Aid page.

Upload Scholarships and Financial Aid forms via your myUH self-service account. Find out more here.

Students Selected for Verification

If you are selected for verification, the UH Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will notify you via email informing you of missing information or any changes to your award due to verification.  Any requested information is “initiated” in your myUH To-Do List, and is required to process your financial aid application. Failure to submit the requested documents will prevent awarding or result in the cancellation of existing financial aid awards. If any differences are found between information reported on the FAFSA and actual figures reported on verification documents, corrections will be made to your FAFSA and adjustments may be made to your financial aid package.

Note: When referring to your myUH To-Do List, be sure to select the correct award year for financial aid information:

  • 2017 aid year includes Fall 2016, Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 terms
  • 2018 aid year includes Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018 terms.

Additional questions about verification may be answered on the Scholarships and Financial Aid FAQ page.

Verification Deadline

2016-2017 Deadline: To allow time for accurate processing, the deadline to submit documents to UH for Summer 2017 financial aid is Friday, June 23, 2017. The deadline to submit documents to UH for Fall 2016/Spring 2017 financial aid has passed.

2017-2018 Deadline: To allow time for accurate processing, the deadline to submit documents to UH for Fall 2017 financial aid is Friday, Nov. 17, 2017.

You must already have an official SAR and EFC, as a result of completing a FAFSA, processed by the Department of Education in order to submit any requested documents to our office.

Warning: If you purposely provide false or misleading information, you will be reported to the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Education, and may be subject to fine, sentenced to jail, or both.

Required Documents

Documents may be submitted in one of four ways:

  • In Person: Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid located in the Welcome Center
  • Online: Via your myUH To-Do List. Find out more here.
  • Fax: 713-743-9098
  • Mail: University of Houston, Attn: Financial Aid, 5000 Gulf Freeway, ERP2 Room 224, Houston, TX, 77204-2010

Please do not submit documents unless requested by UH in your myUH "To-Do List."

Documents requested from Dependent students selected for verification may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Signed Verification Worksheet for Dependent Students
  • Copy of student's federal tax information:
    • Submit your complete, signed 2015 tax return, including all schedules. (Federal regulations were temporarily changed on April 24, 2017, to allow institutions to accept signed copies of 2015 federal tax returns, in lieu of tax transcripts.)
    • If you are unable to provide signed 2015 tax returns, you can visit the IRS Get-Transcript online feature: by using this function, you may view, print or download your transcript in PDF format immediately online.
  • Copy of parent's federal tax information:
    • Submit your parents’ complete, signed 2015 tax return, including all schedules. (Federal regulations were temporarily changed on April 24, 2017, to allow institutions to accept signed copies of 2015 federal tax returns, in lieu of tax transcripts.)
    • If your parents are unable to provide signed 2015 tax returns, have them visit IRS Get-Transcript online to order their IRS tax transcript: by using this function, you may view, print or download your transcript in PDF format immediately online.
  • Copy of student’s W-2 forms
  • Copy of parent’s W-2 forms

Documents requested from Independent students selected for verification may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Signed Verification Worksheet for Independent Students
  • Copy of student's federal tax information
    • Submit your complete, signed 2015 tax return, including all schedules. (Federal regulations were temporarily changed on April 24, 2017, to allow institutions to accept signed copies of 2015 federal tax returns, in lieu of tax transcripts.)
    • If you are unable to provide signed 2015 tax returns, you can visit IRS Get-Transcript online to order your IRS tax transcript: by using this function, you may view, print or download your transcript in PDF format immediately online.
  • Copy of spouse's federal tax information (if applicable)
    • Submit your spouse’s complete, signed 2015 tax return, including all schedules. (Federal regulations were temporarily changed on April 24, 2017, to allow institutions to accept signed copies of 2015 federal tax returns, in lieu of tax transcripts.)
    • If your spouse is unable to provide signed 2015 tax returns, have them visit IRS Get-Transcript online to order their IRS tax transcript: by using this function, they may view, print or download their transcript in PDF format immediately online.
  • Copy of student’s W-2 forms
  • Copy of spouse’s W-2 forms (if applicable)

Avoid delays! Follow these tips when submitting documents:

  • Write your myUH ID on each page submitted.
  • Submit all required documentation by the deadline.
  • If selected for verification, do not leave the answer to any question blank on the verification worksheet. Indicate zero or not applicable (N/A) if appropriate.
  • If a tax transcript is initiated in your To-Do List, you may submit either a complete, signed 2015 tax return (including all schedules) or an official IRS tax transcript.