The Verification Trap
Photo: Eli Reichman
Eric Hoover, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Elaine Williams, a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth U. who has been homeless, was repeatedly required to produce a variety of obscure documents to get financial aid. "Every year it felt like I took two steps forward and got pushed three steps back," she says.
The verification component of the federal-aid process isn’t meant to hinder low-income students, but that’s often what it does.