The federal government selects approximately 30 percent of students submitting FAFSA applications to Purchase College for verification. When selected for verification, the college is required to collect additional documentation from yourself and your family to ensure the information reported on the FAFSA is in fact correct.
Until the additional documentation required is submitted no federal financial aid can be determined or processed.
Deadline for submitting required information
Per federal regulations, to be considered for financial aid, a complete and correct FAFSA must be received by Purchase College before either your last day of attendance for the current school year or the last day of attendance for your final semester before you graduate. If your FAFSA has been selected for verification, your FAFSA is not complete and correct until the verification process has been completed.
Failure to submit the documentation or information required within the requested time period will result in ineligibility for federal financial aid for the academic year. We encourage students and families to submit documentation and information requested immediately as Purchase College needs adequate time to review and process any documentation submitted.
Notifications & Processing
Students who have been selected by the federal government for this process will by notified weekly be email regarding the missing documentation or information required. Once all of the documentation and or missing information is submitted to our office, within a few business days, a Financial Aid Counselor will review this information against the current FAFSA and make corrections where necessary or reach out to you regarding follow up questions or additional information that is required.
Once this process is finished and the FAFSA is finalized, students will then receive email notification of their SUNY Financial aid plan for the academic year that can also be viewed through the students myHeliotrope account.
FAFSA Verification Information (video)