Quality Assurance and Verification

CMU participates in the U.S. Department of Education’s Quality Assurance Program.   The goals of this program include improving equity and fairness in awarding public dollars to needy students and assessing the quality and accuracy of the financial aid process.   Participation in the Quality Assurance Program assists the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid in evaluating and improving our service to students by identifying the types of errors made by students and their families as they complete the financial aid application process.   We will also use this process to evaluate our internal procedures.   The evaluation will include CMU selection and verification of federal financial aid applications.

Verification is a process of review that determines the accuracy of the information submitted by the student and family on the FAFSA and that resolves conflicting data resulting from changes made by the student and family on the Student Aid Report.   If you are selected for verification, you will receive a request for documentation from CMU.   We may request W-2s, parent and student federal tax transcripts and other records as required.   Please wait until you receive a request from CMU before mailing your documentation.  

To retain your eligibility for federal financial aid, you are required to comply with our request for documentation.   We appreciate your cooperation.   If you have been paid financial aid that is later canceled as a result of the Quality Assurance Program or verification process, you must return the payment.