Verification Policy


PennWest Edinboro reserves the right to verify the following information for financial aid purposes.

Primary items verified:

Certain types of untaxed income:

Other untaxed incomes not found on tax return:

Other items (not required for all students):

Verification exclusions

A selected application may be exempt from some or all verification requirements due to certain unusual circumstances. Except in the case of the student's death, however, none of these verification exclusions excuses the University from the requirement to resolve conflicting information.

Death of the student

If a student passes away, the University cannot make any additional disbursements to any of the student's beneficiaries, except for FWS funds already earned. Also, the University cannot originate or disburse the student's Direct Subsidized Loan or consider any interim disbursement made of Pell, Perkins, or FSEOG funds or provisional FWS employment to be an overpayment.

Not an aid recipient

Students who are not recipients of federal aid are not required to submit verification documents.

Unsubsidized loan

Students will not be required to submit verification documents if the student is only receiving Unsubsidized Stafford Loans. A student cannot avoid the verification requirements by choosing to borrow an Unsubsidized Loan instead of a Subsidized Loan.

Applicant verified by another school

The Financial Aid Office will require verification documents even if previously submitted to another school for the award year. This ensures the accuracy of our information when audited.

Post enrollment

The student was selected for verification after ceasing to be enrolled and all (including late) disbursements were made.

Pacific Island resident

The University does not verify the selected application of a student who is:

To qualify for this exclusion, a dependent student's parents must also be citizens of one of these former territories. As documentation, the permanent mailing address will be noted in the student's file.

Parents unavailable

The Financial Aid Office does not verify a dependent student's application if any of the following conditions apply:

Spouse unavailable

The University does not verify spouse information if any of the following conditions apply:

The Financial Aid Office will document the basis for this exclusion in the student's file. These exclusions do not affect any other part of required verification; the selected application must still be verified according to all other requirements.

Change in dependency status

Edinboro will update a student's FAFSA if the student was not married at the time the FAFSA was initially submitted but his/her marital status changes before the start of the Fall semester. The student would need to contact our office for the appropriate form to complete and return. Additional documentation will be requested, such as a copy of the marriage certificate, spouse's tax information, and spouse's asset information. All documents are required to be submitted by April 1, 2019, for the 2018-2019 academic year. Any documents submitted past the deadline will not be processed.


Contact Us

Financial Aid Office
Hamilton Hall
210 Glasgow Road
Edinboro, PA 16444
Phone: 814-732-3500
Fax: 814-732-2129

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.