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Inceptia (Verification Gateway)

UMSL is pleased to announce we have a partnership with Inceptia to expedite the federal verification process. Verification Gateway (VG) from Inceptia is an online portal to guide students and parents through verification.

If your FAFSA application is selected for verification by the U.S Department of Education, you will receive an email from VGCS@inceptia.org, or postcard from Inceptia, containing UMSL’s unique website link to start the verification process.

We encourage you to begin the verification process within 7 days of receiving notification from Verification Gateway to ensure you receive your financial aid in time for payments. Failure to complete the verification process could result in the delay or denial of your financial aid.

Follow these steps to complete your verification:

  • Access our school’s unique website link in the email from VGCS@inceptia.org or listed below.
  • Create your account* and choose preferences for text messages and e-signatures.
  • Complete your Task List.
  • Confirm your signature and review your information.
  • Sign your account.

***If you are a dependent student, your parent also needs to create their own account and complete each of these steps.

UMSL Verification Gateway Links and Deadlines

In order to provide estimates of financial aid eligibility to new students in an expedient manner, aid offers are calculated based on the original FAFSA data, and letters are mailed before the verification process may be complete. If corrections are needed as a result of the verification process, eligibility will be recalculated and aid offers may be revised. For this reason, student and parent information should be as accurate as possible on the FAFSA.

Aid offers to returning students will be provided after the verification process has been completed.

Verification is complete when Inceptia has received and reviewed all requested documentation and reported your completed file to UMSL. If a student fails to provide the required documentation, UMSL cannot:

  • Disburse any federal, state, or institutional grants
  • Disburse and federal loans such as the Stafford or PLUS Loan funds
  • Hire or continue a student’s employment in a FWS job

Questions about the verification process?

Contact Inceptia, Monday through Friday 8 am–7 pm Central at (888) 374-8427 or VGCS@inceptia.org.

About Inceptia

Inceptia, a nonprofit organization, provides innovation and leadership in higher education access and success through engaging and empowering students and streamlining processes. Our mission is to support schools in illuminating a path towards educational and financial success for students and families, allowing them to pursue their dreams of reaching their full potential. Our solutions are designed to support student success by helping schools maximize resources, so they can spend more time delivering meaningful learning experiences across the student lifecycle that fosters education and personal development.