Department Provides Verification Clarification

By Sheryl Ross-Mahoney, Senior Policy Specialist

My colleagues and I answer many questions about verification through USA Funds Ask PolicySM. Recently we sought out clarification from the U.S. Department of Education on verification reporting requirements that have been the topic of many of your questions.

In this case, the questions relate to instances in which the school must complete the identification/high school diploma documentation process for tracking groups V4 and V5 and report the results through “FAA Access to CPS Online.” In some cases the student provides some, but not all, of the required documentation to complete the verification process.

Here’s what the Department shared with us about those partially completed verification files:

  • If the student provides documentation to verify the student’s identity, but fails to provide to the school any documentation that would verify completion of high school, the school must report “Verification attempted, issues found with HS completion.”
  • If the student provides documentation to verify the student’s high school completion, but fails to provide to the school any documentation that would verify identity, the school must report “Verification attempted, issues found with identity.”

Additional answers

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