Using the sample pool, SFAs will calculate the required sample size (number of applications that must be verified) using one of the following methods:

- Error Prone (Standard) Sampling Method
- Random Sampling Method (Alternate 1)
- Focused Sampling Method (Alternate 2)

**The Error Prone (Standard) Sampling Method must be used by an SFA unless it qualifies to use one of the alternate sampling methods.** The SFAs approved to use an alternate sampling method are listed in the SFAs with 80% or greater response rate based on the previous school year's income verification tab.

When determining the sample size, regardless of the verification method used, SFAs must **always round up to the nearest whole number**. For example, if your sample size is 3.18 you must verify **4 **applications. You may not verify any more or any less than the required sample size allowed. Please note, at least one application must always be verified.