Students selected for verification must submit all required documentation requested in order to be reviewed for aid eligibility. When a student is selected for verification, the student will be notified as follows:
1. The Student Aid Report (SAR) immediately generated after completing a FAFSA will state if a student is selected for Verification by ED. Students institutionally selected for Verification will not be notified via the SAR, but through electronic communications from the University.
2. An informational email about the verification process and the first email notification outlining required documents will be sent to the student through his or her Liberty email account from the University within 24-48 hours after Liberty receives the selected FAFSA and matches it to the student’s account. Continued email communications will be made until the verification process is complete.
3. Students may access a list of required documents at any time in ASIST under the ‘Financial Aid’ tab at www.liberty.edu/ASIST.
4. Students may receive calls from the University regarding verification and form submission requirements.
Any additional form and/or statement requests will be sent to the student via his or her Liberty University email address and/or in ASIST. Please refer to “LOSS OF AID ELIGIBILITY” section for more information regarding the consequences for not submitting required documentation for the verification process.
Do not submit documentation or statements that have not been specifically requested by the Financial Aid Office. A review must be conducted on any documentation voluntarily submitted to the office for potential conflicts. Students who choose to submit documentation that was not requested may prolong their verification or subsequently be selected for verification.
Liberty University submits verified corrections to ED electronically. This ensures corrections are made known to all parties and that the needs analysis will be updated accurately and according to federal standards. Additionally, the student is required to update any subsequent or related applications, such as state grant information, private scholarship forms, and other related institutional applications if applicable.
Verification must be completed before most financial aid will be awarded or disbursed. If financial aid has already been disbursed and the student is subsequently selected for verification, all undisbursed aid will be placed on hold until verification is complete. Failure to submit the required documentation (or submit it in a timely manner) may eliminate the eligibility for federal, state, and/or institutional financial aid funds. The student is responsible for any balance resulting from elimination of eligibility for federal, state and/or institutional financial aid funds.
Overpayments of federal and state aid are resolved when Liberty University makes subsequent adjustments to the student’s account. In the event that an adjustment cannot be made by Liberty University to the student’s account, Liberty University will refer the overpayment to the proper federal and/or state agency
Liberty University’s Financial Aid Office will report any potential fraud or falsified information (on the part of the student, the parent, preparer of financial aid applications, or related parties) to ED and all other related parties for immediate action. Anyone who suspects fraud or abuse may submit a confidential report by contacting the Office of Inspector General at 1-800-MIS-USED (1-800-647-8733) or by completing the online complaint form at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/hotline.html.
Generally, students only borrowing Federal Graduate PLUS and/or Direct Unsubsidized student loans are not required to complete verification. However, if a student has conflicting information or cannot clear a potential fraud review, completion of verification is required. If a graduate student is receiving need-based aid (i.e. Federal Work Study) or some form of Liberty institutional aid and is selected for verification, the student will also be required to complete verification before aid is awarded or disbursed. Documents voluntarily submitted which present conflicting information will require verification.
Students cleared of the FS hold, can be unselected for verification if they were institutionally selected due to the potential fraud review and no documents with conflicting information have been submitted.
There are times when a school is not required to verify a student’s application. Except in the case of the student’s death or cessation of enrollment, however, none of the exemptions excuse the Financial Aid Office from the requirement to resolve conflicting information. Liberty is required to document the basis for an exclusion. Other information not excluded must still be verified according to all other requirements.
Liberty is not required to verify the FAFSA information of a student in the following situations:
- Death of the student. The school is not required to continue verification if an interim disbursement was made and the student died before verification was completed. No additional disbursements can be made, except for FWS funds already earned, to any of the student’s beneficiaries. The Financial Aid Office cannot originate or disburse a Direct Subsidized Loan or consider any interim disbursement made of Pell, or FSEOG funds or provisional FWS employment to be an overpayment.
- Not an aid recipient. The student won’t receive Title IV aid for reasons other than a failure to complete verification. This includes being ineligible for that aid and withdrawing without receiving it.
- The applicant is eligible to receive only unsubsidized student financial assistance.
- Post enrollment. The student was selected for verification after ceasing to be enrolled at Liberty University and all (including late) disbursements were made.
Unless the Financial Aid Office has reason to believe it is inaccurate, it is not a requirement to verify the reported FAFSA information of the parents of a dependent student if any of the following apply:
- Both of the parents are mentally incapacitated.
- Both parents or the custodial parent has died.
- They are residing in a country other than the United States and can’t be contacted by normal means.
- They can’t be located because the student does not have and cannot get their contact information.
Unless the Financial Aid Office has reason to believe it is inaccurate, it is not a requirement to verify the reported FAFSA information of the spouse of an independent student if any of the following apply:
- The spouse has died.
- He or she is mentally incapacitated.
- He or she is residing in a country other than the United States and can’t be contacted by normal means.
- He or she can’t be located because the student does not have and cannot get his contact information.