To be eligible to receive Federal and State funds, each student must provide a valid Social Security Number (SSN).
The FAFSA verifies that the given student’s SSN is correct and that the SSN corresponds to the given student’s name
and birth date.
If there is a discrepancy in the student’s information, the FAFSA will indicate that the SSN does not match to the
information of the Social Security Administration (SSA). The student will be required to resolve any conflicts before
If the SSN does not match with the SSA, (i.e., the number is not found in their database) the FAFSA will be rejected.
The SAR will indicate that the student should correct the SSN. When the SSN has been reported incorrectly on the FAFSA
the student should submit a copy of the SS card to the Office of Financial Aid. If the SSN reported was correct, the student must contact a
local or regional SSA office to resolve the problem.
Discrepancy on date of birth
If the student’s name and SSN match but the SSA shows a different date of birth this will be indicated on the SAR. The
student must correct this either through the school or by submitting the SAR for correction. Note that the FAFSA will be
rejected if the year of birth is mistakenly reported to be the current year (or a year later). In this case the student
must submit a SAR correction before aid can be received.
Discrepancy on name
If the SSN exists in the database but there is a discrepancy regarding the student’s name, this will be indicated on the SAR.
The student must make the correction either through the school or by submitting a SAR correction. This situation is likely to
occur when a student used a nickname on the FAFSA or failed to inform the SSA of a name change (from marriage, for instance).
If both the reported name and SSN are correct, the student should contact the SSA so it can correct its records.
No match due to isufficient information or processing problems
If the FAFSA is missing either the student’s last name or the date of birth, no match with the SSA will be conducted and the
FAFSA will be rejected. The SAR will indicate that the student should check those items and make the appropriate corrections.
If the correction does not provide a match, the SAR will indicate an invalid SSN. The student must provide documentation to the
Office of Financial Aid before aid is received. When there is no match due to processing problems, the SAR will indicate that the student provide
documentation to the Office of Financial Aid as well. In certain circumstances a student may need to use a SSN correction application to correct the
problem. These correction applications are completed (with verification) by the Office of Financial Aid.