After you file your FAFSA
After we receive your FAFSA information from the federal processor, we may need additional documentation from you to verify your eligibility, 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 WMU 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 WIN 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. If you have been awarded aid, you will receive a revised award letter via your WMU email if the updated information affects your award eligibility.
In instances when the tax filer has been the victim of identity theft, we will accept:
- A signed copy of the paper IRS Income Tax Return that was filed with the IRS and
- Either a signed and dated IRS Form 14039 “Identify Theft Affidavit” or
- Signed and dated statement by the tax filer indicating victim of identity theft, that IRS is investigating the matter and they submitted Form 14039 to the IRS, but did not keep a copy of it or that he or she was not required to file the form or
- A copy of police report if it was filed related to the IRS identity theft.
Please help us protect your private information during the verification process. Do not send us original documents. Make copies to send, and keep your originals. Black out all Social Security numbers, leaving only the last four digits visible. This should be done only on documents requested for verification, such as tax return transcripts. We can no longer accept copies of tax returns for verification or appeals. If you send us a copy of a tax return, it will be shredded for your protection.
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 U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
- Veteran status with the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs.
- Federal student loan status with the National Student Loan Data System.