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1. What is verification, and what do I need to do if I am selected?

Verification is a process that all universities participating in federal aid programs have to complete. If the Central Processing System (CPS) selects you, you must complete verification in order to qualify for financial aid. If you are selected, we will send you an email requesting additional documents. Using these documents, we compare your data to the information on your FAFSA, and make corrections, if needed.

2. What documents do I need for verification?

Please check your UHCL email or your checklists in Eservices for the specific documents we are requesting from you. Generally, we will be requesting:

  • Verification Worksheet available at Online Forms & Services.
  • Copy of your tax transcript. Please review your verification worksheet to get detailed directions on receiving a tax transcript. Alternatively, you may do the IRS data retrieval which is discussed on the verification worksheet. The IRS data retrieval is the preferred way of providing tax information.
  • Copies of all current W-2 forms for student and parents/spouse.
  • If you and your spouse/parents did not file taxes, you will be asked to provide a non-filer form(s). These forms are available at Online Forms & Services.
  • If you someone in your household received food stamps, you will be asked to provide documentation from the agency that issued the Food Stamps.
  • If, after reviewing these documents we need more information, someone from our office will contact you via your UHCL email account.

3. How long will the verification process take?

Once we have collected all your verification documents, they go to your counselor. We can usually review your verification documents within two weeks after receiving them. (During peak times, the process may take slightly longer.) After the verification is completed, we will award you your financial aid.

4. What is the due date to submit verification documents?

2015-2016 Verification Deadline: The deadline to submit verification documents to UHCL Financial Aid for 2016 financial aid is Saturday, September 17, 2016 or 120 days after your last day of enrollment at UHCL, whichever comes first. In order to submit any requested documents to our office, you must already have an official SAR and EFC processed by the Department of Education by June 30, 2016, or by the last day of your enrollment, whichever comes first. Submission of documents does not guarantee a disbursement of funds. Eligibility for a disbursement would be considered for Federal Pell Grant only (undergraduate students only). To be considered for a Direct Loan or Campus-based funds disbursement, you must submit any required verification documents to our office 10 days before the official closing of the semester in which you are enrolled at least half time.

Contact Us

University of Houston-Clear Lake
Office of Financial Aid
SSCB 1.105
2700 Bay Area Blvd.
Houston, TX 77058-1098

(281) 283-2480

(281) 283-2502


Fall/Spring Hours:
Mon-Thurs. 8am - 6pm
Fri. 8am-5pm

Summer Hours:
Mon-Thurs. 8am - 6pm
Fri. 8am-noon

School Code: 011711
Last updated: 11/21/2016 UTC
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