Federal Verification

What is federal verification?

Federal Verification is a process mandated by the U.S. Department of Education to ensure the accuracy of the data submitted by applicants of the FAFSA. This process helps to ensure that federal financial aid is awarded to eligible students based on an equitable and consistent manner. Approximately 30% of all FAFSA applicants are randomly selected for Verification.

Who is Inceptia?

We are pleased to announce that we have established a partnership with Inceptia to expedite the federal verification process by utilizing the Verification Gateway online portal. Inceptia is a non-profit organization committed to offering effective and uncomplicated solutions in financial aid management, default prevention and financial education.

How will I know if I was selected for Verification?

If your FAFSA application is selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education, you will receive an email to the email address you provided on the FAFSA from VGCS@inceptia.org, or official postcard from Inceptia, containing Stetson’s unique link to start the verification process.

What do I need to do?

Follow these steps to complete verification:

  • Access Stetson’s unique Verification Gateway link in the introductory communication, or you can search for Stetson using the “Find My School” tool on Inceptia’s website.
  • Create your account and choose preferences for text messages and e-signatures
  • Complete the items on your Task List
  • Sign your account

We encourage you to begin the verification process within 7 days of receiving notification from Verification Gateway to ensure you receive your financial aid in time for payments. Failure to complete the verification process could result in the delay or cancellation of financial aid.

Do my parents have to complete verification too?

If you are a dependent student, your parent also needs to create their own account and complete each of the above steps.

How long will it take?

After you sign your account, it typically takes Inceptia seven business days to review and process verification. Students will be notified if there are any questions or if any additional documentation is required. If this happens, verification may take a little longer. Each time you upload new information, you will be asked to resign your verification account. 

Once verification is completed, the student and our school will be notified. At this time, you will be informed if there are any changes that need to be made to your FAFSA or financial aid award.

What is the deadline?

The missing requirements deadline for the 2019-2020 academic year is September 18. While you are able to complete verification throughout the academic year, we encourage you to complete it before the missing requirements deadline. If verification is not completed by this time, your account will be updated to reflect no federal financial aid and you may be charged a late fee.

All documentation needed to complete the verification process must be submitted within 120 days after the last day of enrollment for the 2018-2019 academic year, or by September 21, 2019, whichever comes first. Applicants with Spring 2019 as their last term in the academic year must submit all documents by September 21, 2019. Summer 2019 session applicants' should complete verification by September 21, 2019. 


If you have any questions about the verification process, please contact Inceptia at 888-374-8427, Monday 8:00 am-8:30 pm (CT) and Tuesday through Friday 8:00 am-7:00 pm (CT) or VGCS@inceptia.org. You may also visit the Office of Student Financial Planning in the Rinker Welcome Center, Second Floor.