Once you have filed your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the College will receive the results. The results may indicate that you have been selected for a process called verification. The Department of Education randomly selects approximately 35% of all applications for verification.
If you are selected, the Financial Aid Office will send you a request for additional documentation which may include (but are not limited to) items such as an IRS tax transcript for you and your parents, copies of your W-2 forms, copies of your parents’ W-2 forms, a Dependent Verification form (available as a download), an Independent Verification form (available as a download), and/or verification of certain untaxed income.
An IRS tax transcript for your parents and yourself can be requested on line at www.irs.gov or by calling the IRS at 800-829-1040.
All requested documentation must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office within 10 days of receiving the request to ensure timely processing of financial aid. Failure to provide the documents will postpone the awarding of the student’s financial aid.
Financial Aid Counselors will review the information and make any necessary changes electronically to the FAFSA. These changes may include (but are not limited to) adjusted gross income, income taxes paid, untaxed income, household size or the number of family members enrolled in college.
Once the verification process is complete, the Financial Aid Office will issue an Award Letter which details your eligibility for federal, state, and institutional aid.