Upon receipt of your FAFSA by the Federal Student Aid Processor, some of the information on your FAFSA will be checked with federal agencies to confirm that you meet basic eligibility requirements. The following student eligibility criteria are checked:
- Social Security number and citizenship status with the Social Security Administration
- Selective Service registration with the Selective Service System, if required
- Eligible non-citizenship status with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Veteran Status with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
- Default, disability discharge, bankruptcy, aggregate loan history statuses for federal student loans and overpayment status for federal student grants.
The Office of Student Financial Assistance must also review other eligibility requirements, which include, but are not limited to:
- Admission Status
- Satisfactory Academic Progress
- Enrollment Status
- Academic Level
- Dependency Status
- Marital Status
If any of these items come up as discrepant, the Office of Student Financial Assistance is required to resolve the issue. This may require the Office of Student Financial Assistance to follow up with you to request documentation to resolve any of the eligibility issues referenced above.
Verification is the process in which Student Financial Assistance (SFA) – as dictated by federal and state regulations – compares the information you reported on the FAFSA with your prior-year IRS Federal Income Tax Transcript, W-2 forms, and other financial documentation. If your application is selected for verification, you will be sent a letter or an email instructing you to access your financial aid records through your Marshall Information Liaison Online (MILO) account. To access your Marshall University financial aid records, go to: mymu.marshall.edu. You will need your Marshall University ID and your Marshall University (PIN) to access your records. From there you can determine the specific information SFA needs in order to verify your data.
SFA must receive all requested documentation before your financial aid can be disbursed (or credited) to your Bursar account. If there are differences between the data you supplied on your FAFSA and the verification documentation you submit, corrections to your SAR may be needed, and your application will be reprocessed.
Your responsibilities are to:
- Submit all documents requested promptly
- Ensure that all documents are signed and complete and include the student’s name and Marshall University ID
- Keep copies of all information used to file the FAFSA and of documents submitted to the Office of Student Financial Assistance
It is extremely important that you respond to requests for information promptly because finalized financial aid awards are processed in the order of file completion date. To ensure that your financial funds disburse as scheduled at the start of the fall semester, you must be registered for classes and submit all required documentation by May 15. You may still submit documents after the May 15 deadline; however, you should be prepared to make payment arrangements with the Bursar Office in the event your financial aid is not finalized by the billing due date. The absolute deadline for submittal of all documents is 30 days prior to the end of the academic year you are enrolled. The designated deadlines allow SFA to process and authorize disbursements within the timeframe permitted under regulations set forth for administering the federal and state financial aid programs.
The deadline for students to submit documentation may be extended up to 60 days after the student’s last day of enrollment during the academic year on a case-by-case basis and will be processed to the extent that is administratively possible.
If you have already received an award notice from Marshall University and corrections are made to your SAR (or your processed FAFSA) after verification, you will receive a revised award notice if your eligibility has changed.