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Our Best Answer - What is verification and how long will it take?


Verification is the process by which the Department of Education or the California Student Aid Commission selects certain applicants to provide additional documentation to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. This is done in order to confirm the accuracy of the information provided on your financial aid application.

We notify students by email if they are selected. Students can view their required documents by logging into  My Aid Status

Verification processing begins in mid April and continues to take place throughout the summer. Generally, files are completed within 30-45 days of receipt. 

If you have any further questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid directly at 

To receive a call from a Financial Aid Advisor, join our virtual line by:

  • Visiting
  • By texting OFAS to 805-585-5821
  • Using the "Qless" app on your mobile device

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