What is Verification?
Verification is the process that the Federal Government requires schools to perform in order to confirm that the data reported on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is reviewed for accuracy and completeness.
Why was I selected for Verification?
The main reasons for being selected for verification include that you were chosen randomly during the processing of your FAFSA data.
The Federal Government’s processing system performs edit checks on the data reported identifying inconsistencies, potential errors, and incomplete data.
Once all required documents, to complete Verification, have been submitted to the Financial Aid Office or uploaded to the AIMM Virtual Financial Aid Office (VFAO) portal, and the student’s file has been truly verified, the Financial Aid Office can proceed in processing the student’s Financial Aid Award.
You may be selected for verification either by the Department of Education (ED) or the Atlanta Institute of Music & Media Financial Aid Office (FAO).
If you are selected for verification, you will be notified by the AIMM FAO and the AIMM VFAO. You can also view this information in the comment section of your Student Aid Report (SAR).
You can download a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) on the FAFSA website at www.fafsa.gov.
Submitting Verification Documents
Your specific verification requirements and deadlines will be emailed to you, once you have initiated the process of applying for financial aid at AIMM.
Forms required to complete verification are available for download thru the AIMM VFAO site and instructions on how to proceed to secure additional documentation is included in the email notification.
The quickest way to securely submit your documents is through the “Upload Document” feature found on the AIMM VFAO site at https://aim-music.vfao.com/default.aspx. You can also fax financial aid documents to (770) 242-9364 or mail them to:
AIMM Office of Financial Aid
2875 Breckinridge Blvd. Suite 700
Duluth, GA 30096
Please print your first and last name, on each page submitted. We do not accept documents through email which is not a secure method for submitting confidential documents.
After you have submitted documents to our office or directly to the AIMM VFAO, you will be notified by email from the AIMM VFAO if any additional documents are needed to complete the Verification process.
Once all verification documents have been received by the AIMM VFAO, your file will be ready for the verification process.
Once Verification is complete, the VFAO will package and award the student’s financial aid and the student will receive a Financial Aid Award Notice, by email. Generally, this process takes from 5-10 business days or more (during peak season).
Opting Out (Verification)
The verification process is required by federal regulations and must be completed in order for you to receive any federal financial aid.
If you decide not to complete the verification process, and therefore not receive any federal financial aid, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can update your status and document this to our system.