Verify FAFSA Information

What is verification?

Verification is a process to confirm the information you provided on your FAFSA. The US Department of Education may at any time select your application for verification based on the information you provided. Visit their website for more information about Verification and what happens after you submit your FAFSA.

How do I know if I am selected for verification?

You will receive an e-mail from the Office of Student Financial Aid that explains how to access To Do List on the SF State Gateway. Click on the links in your To Do List and read the instructions carefully. Print out and complete the documents which are required, and be sure to read them thoroughly. Once completed, the documents should be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Aid via DocuSign or by mail. If submitting paperwork online through DocuSign, please ensure that it is physically signed with pen on paper. Documents can be securely uploaded via DocuSign here:

Be sure to keep copies of all documents submitted for your personal records.

What happens once the documents are submitted?

Financial aid counselors will review all submitted documentation and correct any discrepancies. In your student portal’s To Do list, you can monitor the status of the documents. Items will be removed from the To Do list once they are received. Once all items have been removed, your financial aid package should be ready to view within 2-3 weeks after this. If there are any issues that require follow up, the checklist item will be added back and listed as “Incomplete.” Please be sure to monitor your To Do list after you have submitted your documents. Documents which are incomplete or illegible will cause a delay in receiving your award offer. In some cases we may require additional documents as we complete your file, in which case you will be notified via e-mail and the document will be added to your To Do list.

There is a "Student and Parent Tax Information" requirement on my To Do list. What do I need to submit?

Students and parents have two ways to submit tax information:

  1. The online IRS Data Retrieval Tool
  2. Order a Free IRS Tax Return Transcript

How do I view my Verification requirements on the Gateway

Login to your SF State Gateway account. After logging in, follow these steps:

  1. Under Student heading, select "Financial/Jobs".
  2. Select "Student Center".
  3. You will see the "To Do List" on the right hand side.
  4. Click on "More" to get detailed information on your To Do list items.
  5. Submit your documents.
  6. Continue to monitor your student e-mail and/or gateway. If we need additional documents, you will be notified.