- What is Verification?
Verification is a process to confirm that the information you or your parents provided on your FAFSA is accurate. The U.S. Department of Education selects some FAFSAs for verification. Others are selected by schools to clarify discrepancies in the information provided on the FAFSA. Documents typically needed to complete verification are as follows: Verification Worksheet, Income Tax Returns, Low Income Clarification Worksheet, and Dependency Status Worksheet. Not all students selected for verification have to submit the same documents.
- How are students selected for Verification?
How are students selected for Verification? Students are selected at random or by system edits at the U.S. Department of Education, or by the college. If selected for verification, the school will request certain pieces of documentation from the student (and/or parent if applicable), which will be used to verify the information in question on the FAFSA. A quick response to any request for documentation will help expedite the process.
- How do students know they are selected for Verification?
When a student completes the FAFSA on-line and submits their information, their Student Aid Report indicates if they have been selected for verification by the US Department of Education. The Student Aid Report is a summary of a processed FAFSA. Students can print their SAR after receiving notice that their FAFSA is processed. Students also receive e-mails which inform them which documents must be submitted to Financial Assistance Services. Students may always check on the status of their financial aid by logging on to their MySPC account. When submitting documents by mail or fax, please be sure all documents are complete including all required signatures and include your name and SPC ID on each page.
- I lost my tax information. What should I do?
If you have filed a Federal tax return, you will be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Process to get your tax information directly from the IRS. When you get to the financial part of the FAFSA, you will be asked if you would like to use this process. There are instructions which guide you through the process. If you would prefer to get a hard copy of your tax transcript, you can also do this by contacting the IRS directly at 1-800- 908-9946 to request a copy of your Federal tax transcript be faxed or mailed to you at no charge. You may also visit the IRS web-site at http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=232168,00.html?portlet=105 and submit a request on-line. Note, you can only order a transcript on-line to be mailed to you if you are still at the same address where you filed your return. If you have moved, you will need to contact the IRS by phone or by completing a form 4506-T and submitting it by mail.
- How long is the Verification process?
Verification can take up to 3 weeks after your documents have been submitted to be completed. Check your To Do List and your SPC email on a regular basis to see if additional documentation is needed.”
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