The Office of Financial Assistance sends students notification of any missing financial aid requirements. In addition to emails to the students’ Drew email addresses, letters are periodically sent to the home address to ensure that students can provide all necessary information for completing their financial aid application. Drew University cannot finalize a student’s eligibility for financial aid until all missing requirements have been submitted. Financial aid may be cancelled if all missing requirements are not submitted in a timely manner. See a video tutorial on how to view and submit missing requirements.
Please be aware that even if you are not selected for Federal Government Verification, the University has the authority to conduct its own verification and audits under the jurisdiction of the Department of Education guidelines.
In addition, Drew may require the following forms:
The federal government has legislated a financial aid application review process called “verification.” This process will be applied to all federal, state and institutional programs including Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Grants, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loans, Direct Subsidized and Direct Unsubsidized Loans, state scholarships and institutional need-based scholarship awards. Verification is designed to ensure that the data provided on the application for financial aid is correct and complete.
Students and their families may be asked to provide additional documentation through a Missing Information Request Process or to update their data to complete the verification process. Eligibility for aid may be recalculated based upon the verified data received. Federal regulations allow the institution to require an applicant to complete verification before processing Stafford Loan applications, crediting aid to the bill or disbursing funds.
The counselor must review all applications for accuracy and must document and resolve any conflicting information in the file. Examples of conflicting information include:  the reported number of people in the household on the FAFSA does not equal the number of people listed in Drew’s family members information,  unexplained differences in reported home value/debt from prior year to current year, and  database mismatch messages on the Financial Needs Analysis Report or the Pell Grant Student Aid Report. There also are several general eligibility requirements (set by federal/state regulation or institutional policy) that must be met in order to be eligible for financial assistance. To be eligible for aid, a student must:
For each application selected, the counselor must review and verify the accuracy of selected data elements by collecting specific documentation and comparing actual data with the information reported on the need analysis document. Required documentation will be requested using the institutional Missing Information Request email. The following documents must be submitted by an applicant selected for federal verification:
Students selected for verification must complete all verification requirements by the established deadlines for the type(s) of aid received in order to be eligible to receive financial assistance.
The counselor will notify the student about any information that must be corrected and about changes to the financial aid award package that result from verification. Notification will be provided if the corrected information will alter the eligibility for state grant aid. This office can send corrections electronically to the FAFSA processor. The New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) will send a revised Student Eligibility Notice to the student if the award changes as a result of verification. Corrections will be made to the need analysis information in our system and eligibility for financial aid will be recalculated. Appropriate changes will be submitted to United States Department of Education, CPS (Federal processor), and the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (i.e. State processor). Eligibility for all other aid programs will be recalculated by the Office of Financial Assistance and your financial aid package will be updated on TreeHouse if there are changes as a result of verification.
Your failure to provide the requested documentation within the specified time period may result in the following:
Please contact your financial assistance counselor if you have any questions about verification.
Beginning in 2013-2014, some Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSAs) began to be flagged for “Unusual Enrollment History” (UEH) by the U. S. Department of Education as a result of the student having received Federal Pell Grants or Federal Loans at multiple institutions in recent years. Flags 2 and 3 require that the current institution review the student’s enrollment history and determine whether or not the student is enrolling only long enough to receive cash refunds of federal student aid. In order to review a student’s UEH flag, Drew University’s Office of Financial Assistance will check the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) for complete enrollment history. This includes the name of each school attended during the review period and dates of attendance.
To appeal an Unusual Enrollment History (UEH) flag, students must complete the Unusual Enrollment History Appeal Form.
Students whose aid eligibility is denied as a result of their UEH can be reconsidered for federal student aid after enrolling for two academic terms, not dropping or withdrawing from (officially or unofficially) any courses after the term begins, and meeting the Drew’s standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).