Verification Policy 

Once a student submits the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) there is a possibility that the application will be randomly selected by the US Dept. of Education or the University for a process called Verification.  This is an audit/review process in which the student's school of choice is required to conduct the review in order to determine the student's aid eligibility.

If a student is selected for Verification, he or she will receive an e-mail notification to their UNO e-mail account, which will contain a Personal URL (PURL) that must be used to access the website, authenticate who they are, register,and begin the process.  It is absolutely necessary that students use the PURL provided in the e-mail notification to initially access the website.  In order to accelerate the verification process and award eligible students quickly, UNO will not longer accept verification documents at the Privateer Enrollment Center (PEC).

If a student had to provide information about his or her parents when they completed the FAFSA, their parent(s) will have to complete the verification process too.  The student will need their parent's e-mail address, date of birth, and social security number when they register in the site.  All of this information can usually be found on the Student Aid Report (SAR) sent to the student once the FAFSA has been completed.  Once the student registers, his or her parent(s) will receive an e-mail notification with instructions to access the website and complete the process. 

Verification Frequently Asked Questions

How to Start the Financial Aid File Review Process
What is Verification?

A: Verification is the audit process of reviewing and determining a student's eligibility for Title IV assistance. The verification process determines the accuracy of the information a student and/or parent reports on his/her FAFSA.

Do I have to turn in documents for verification, if I am only interested in TOPS?

A:  No, you do not have to complete the Verification process.  However, if you anticipate receiving a Pell Grant, then you must submit your verification documents.

Why have I been notified to submit verification documents if I do not meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)?

A: There are several eligibility processes that an application is reviewed for each award year or term.  We notify students of verification requirements regardless of their SAP status, in the event they should be planning to submit a SAP Appeal.

How to obtain an IRS Tax Transcript?

A: To obtain an IRS Tax Return Transcript, go to and click on the "Order a Return or Account Transcript" link, or call 1-800-908-9946.

If I or my parent(s) have additional questions about the documentation required or other financial aid questions, who should we contact?

A: Please call the Financial Aid Office at (504) 280-6603 or stop by the Privateer Enrollment Center (PEC) during regular business hours.  FERPA privacy laws prohibit our office from disclosing student information to anyone other than the student, however, we invite parents to come in with their student to see a counselor for any additional questions or assistance they may need.  We are available Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm.  No appointment is necessary!

What is Selective Service registration?

A:Registration is a way our government keeps a list of names of men from which to draw in case of a national emergency requiring rapid expansion of our Armed Forces. By registering all young men, the Selective Service ensures that a future draft will be fair and equitable. For further question and answers, please see to Start the Financial Aid File Review Process