Financial Aid



Because students sometimes make errors when completing the FAFSA, there is a process for verifying applications and making corrections.  The U.S. Department of Education Central Processing System (CPS) or WSSU select which applications are to be verified. 

Federal funds cannot be disbursed to a student until the verification process has been completed.  Also, WSSU will not release state or institutional funds until the verification process has been completed.

In order to provide the highest quality of service to our students, WSSU has contracted with CFI to help you complete the verification of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2014-15. 

Please watch for e-mails from  It is important that you respond to the requests as quickly as possible.

If you are selected for verification, CFI will contact you by email through CFI School Services (CFISS).  Emails will be sent to the email address you provided on your FAFSA.

You may already be familiar with CFI because of its involvement in educational services as College Foundation of North Carolina (, which helps students and families plan, apply and pay for college/university expenses.  For more than 55 years, CFI also has worked closely with North Carolina colleges and universities to provide information and resources for student financial aid.  You can be assured that CFI will protect your privacy and your data.  CFI will also provide you with quality customer service.  

You will be able to track what is needed and can possibly complete most of the verification work on the CFISS website at School Servicing Center.  Watch for emails from CFISS and check your account often at School Servicing Center until you are notified that your verification has been finalized.  Your prompt response to all requests will accelerate the review of your request for financial aid for 2014-2015.

Winston-Salem State University may be requesting other documents from you. If this occurs, please promptly submit those documents directly to the Financial Aid Office.

How do I know if I have been selection for verification?
If you are selected for verification, the notice will be included in your Student Aid Report (SAR).

What are the consequences if I choose not to submit the requested verification documentation?

Participation in the verification process is not optional. If you do not submit the requested documentation, you will not be eligible to receive federal financial aid as a WSSU student and you will not be able to receive a PLUS Loan. You will need to make payment arrangements for all enrollment charges.

All requested information should be submitted as quickly as possible. This is encouraged so you will have all funding available to you prior to the start of the semester.  Failure to complete the verification process will result in you having to make payment arrangements for enrollment charges.

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