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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:

  • 2019 aid year includes Fall 2018, Spring 2019 and Summer 2019 terms
  • 2020 aid year includes Fall 2019, Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 terms.

Additional questions about verification may be answered on the Scholarships and Financial Aid FAQ page or click here to browse our helpful FATV videos.

Verification Deadline

2018-2019 Deadline: To allow time for accurate processing, below are the deadline to submit documents to UH for 2018-2019.

  • Fall 2018: Friday, Nov. 16, 2018
  • Fall 2018/Spring 2019: Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Summer 2019: Friday, June 21, 2019

2019-2020 Deadline: To allow time for accurate processing, below are the deadline to submit documents to UH for 2019-2020.

  • Fall 2019: Friday, Nov. 15, 2019
  • Fall 2019/Spring 2020: Friday, April 10, 2020
  • Summer 2020: Friday, June 19, 2020
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 a 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 tax information via the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Because this method is electronic and instantaneous, it is preferred. Please do not make any additional changes to your FAFSA.
    • If a student tax transcript is initiated in your To-Do List and you are unable to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, please request your official IRS tax transcript. 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’ tax information via the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Because this method is electronic and instantaneous, it is preferred. Please do not make any additional changes to your FAFSA.
    • If a parent tax transcript is initiated in your To-Do List and your parent was unable to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, please request your official IRS tax transcript. By using this function, you may view, print or download your transcript in PDF format immediately online.
  • Copy of student’s IRS Wage and Income Transcript or W-2 forms
  • Copy of parent’s IRS Wage and Income Transcript or 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 tax information via the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Because this method is electronic and instantaneous, it is preferred. Please do not make any additional changes to your FAFSA.
    • If a student tax transcript is initiated in your To-Do List and you are unable to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, please request your official IRS tax transcript.
  • Copy of spouse's federal tax information (if applicable)
  • Copy of student’s IRS Wage and Income Transcript or W-2 forms
  • Copy of spouse’s IRS Wage and Income Transcript or 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 a correction to your FAFSA and utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, or request an official IRS tax transcript.

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