Verification

Quality Assurance Verification
Rider University participates in the Federal Department of Education’s Quality Assurance Program. This program allows the University to determine its criteria for the selection of financial aid participants to have their FAFSA information verified. All students will be selected based upon the established University criteria; therefore, students may disregard federal verification notification indicated on the Student Aid Report (SAR).

What if my application has been selected for quality assurance verification?
If your application has been selected for quality assurance verification, additional documents will be requested.*  You will be required to submit the following documents:

For Dependent Students
Submit a Dependent Quality Assurance Verification Document, your parents’ (’s) W-2's and complete IRS tax return transcript (all pages) and your (the student’s) W-2's and complete IRS tax return transcript (all pages).

For Independent Students
Submit an Independent Quality Assurance Verification Document, your W-2's and complete IRS tax return transcript (all pages) and, if married filing separate, your spouse’s W-2's and tax return transcript (all pages).

IRS Tax Return Transcript Ordering Instructions

When does the verification process begin?
The Office of Financial Aid will begin your verification review once all requested documents are received. Please understand if there is any difference between the information contained on the FAFSA and the actual figures reported on your tax returns and other required documentation, adjustments may be made to your financial aid award. Once this review is completed we will be able to finalize your award for verification purposes. Therefore, it is to your benefit to submit requested documents as soon as possible.

Time sensitive information: Need based aid will not be paid into your account until verification is completed. Once Rider has mailed documents, a prompt response is required. Failure to complete quality assurance verification will result in suspension of the estimated aid award.

*Other documents may be requested to complete the verification process. It is imperative that these documents be submitted promptly to avoid suspension of your financial assistance.