What happens after you file the FAFSA?

After we receive your FAFSA information from the federal processor, we may need additional documentation from you to verify your eligibility, your income, household, veterans education benefits or dependency status. We may also collect documentation for a quality assurance study. If we need additional information from you, you will be notified via your WMU email.

Check GoWMU and your email often. A delay in providing the information may result in a delay of your aid payment, or the reduction or loss of your awards. You should:

  • Turn in all documents requested as soon as possible
  • Be sure all documents are signed and complete
  • Place your name and social security number on all submitted documents
  • Keep photocopies of all information submitted and record the date documents were submitted.

Once we receive your FAFSA and any requested additional application documents, we will determine your eligibility for financial aid programs. Any discrepancies will be corrected on your FAFSA and you will receive a revised Student Aid Report (SAR). If you have been awarded aid, you will receive a revised award letter via email if the updated information affects your award eligibility.

Federal agency verification

Some of the information on your FAFSA will be checked with federal agencies to determine if your application meets the basic student eligibility criteria. You may need to submit additional application documents to verify:

  • social security number and citizenship status with the Social Security Administration
  • selective service registration with the Selective Service System
  • eligible non-citizenship status with the US Department of Homeland Security
  • veteran status with the US Department of Veteran's Affairs
  • federal student loan status with the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)

Quality control

Western participates in the US Department of Education's Quality Assurance Program (QA). The QA program's mission is to ensure that the delivery of student aid funds is conducted accurately, expediently and with integrity. One of the program's requirements mandates Western to select applications for verification to determine if the FAFSA information is accurate and whether any discrepancies would require an adjustment in the amount or type of financial aid programs awarded. Verification is a comprehensive review of the student's and parent's household, income and asset information listed on the FAFSA. If your file is selected for verification, you will be required to submit copies of your tax return as well as your parent's. (If you are married, you will need to submit your spouse's tax returns.) Additional documentation may be requested based on conflicting information.

Other students will be selected for a review based on conflicting information identified through special reports, correspondence, appeal requests or other review methods.

We will email you tracking letters and you may access the required documents on GoWMU if additional information is needed. We request the necessary documentation be submitted to Student Financial Aid within 30 days of receipt of the letter or 30 days prior to your last day of enrollment for the current academic year (whichever comes first). Payment of any offered financial aid will not occur until the review process is completed. Any funds received based on incorrect information may be required to be repaid.


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