Finlandia University is required by federal law to verify FAFSA information submitted by the student and/or parents. Requested information may consist of, but is not limited to, income verification by way of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or a copy of the tax transcript from the IRS, and proof of FIA benefits, Social Security benefits, the number in household/college, high school completion, etc. The State of Michigan may also request this information. The student is responsible for sending verification documents to the requesting agency.
The financial aid file must be complete before any financial aid is credited to a student account or the student begins to participate in the work-study program. Beginning in February of each year, students will receive a verification checklist indicating missing documents as their financial aid packets are completed. Returning students will not begin to receive this information until mid-May after grades are posted. Students are urged to check regularly with the Office of Financial Aid about the status of their files. If FAFSA information conflicts with verification information submitted by students or parents, the award may change. In this event, the Financial Aid office will inform the student of the change in writing.