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Verification - Requests for Additional Documents

The Department of Education requires that CSUSM adhere to federal guidelines for reviewing financial aid applications. Approximately 30% of student applications are selected by the Department of Education for verification. Universities also have the option of selecting students for verification.

Additional documents may be required before an official aid offer can be issued. This process is referred to as verification, and is done to ensure the accuracy of the information you submitted on your financial aid application. This can be a very easy process – as long as you provide / submit copies of the requested documents – as soon as they are requested.

Notifications of required documents are sent to students via email, beginning in early April to your CSUSM email address.

If selected for verification, you will be required to submit additional documentation. The Financial Aid Office will send you an email, as well as update your "To Do" list on your MyCSUSM account with the requirements.

Some examples of information we may need to verify include:

  • Income Information
  • Household information
  • Selective Service Compliance (for males)
  • Citizenship Status (for FAFSA Filers)

After you submit documents for review, your account may display conflicting information. If this occurs, the Financial Aid Office will reach out to you to resolve the conflicting information by requesting additional documentation.