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Verification

Financial Aid

The U.S. Department of Education mandates schools use the verification process to check the accuracy and completeness of data provided on the selected applicant's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The verification process is meant to ensure that Federal student financial aid is disbursed equitably and according to Federal law and program regulation. The U.S. Department of Education or the school selects applications for verification.

The School Servicing Center (SSC) completes the verification process on behalf of the school. SSC will work directly with the student to complete the verification process. SSC will communicate with the student about the verification process.

SSC directs students to a secure web portal, www.SSCwp.org, for information about required verification documents and activities. The website is the primary communication point for verification information. Students should visit the site often during the verification process for information on outstanding items. The school will notify students when their verification has been completed.

It is the student's responsibility to provide requested information so that the verification process can be completed by the school's published deadline. The school is unable to disburse federal student financial aid until the verification process is complete. Failure to complete the verification process may result in a student not being eligible for federal aid and will need other means to pay for classes. Failure to pay for classes by published deadlines may result in the student being dropped from registered classes.

Verification may include (but is not limited to) a review of the following data for a student, a student's spouse, or parents of a dependent student:

  • Adjusted Gross Income
  • Taxes Paid
  • Income Earned from Work
  • Untaxed Income and Benefits
  • Household Size
  • Number in College
  • Receipt of SNAP (food stamps) Benefit
  • Child Support Paid and Received
  • Citizenship or Eligible Non-Citizenship Status, Veteran Status, and Social Security Number
  • In addition, the verification process is used to resolve inconsistent or conflicting information.

Important Note: If an applicant uses the FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer federal income tax return data to the FAFSA without changing the transferred data, the applicant is generally not required to verify that information.
In most instances, the SSC submits FAFSA corrections to the Central Processor (CPS) that it has determined to be inaccurate or incomplete. Occasionally the student will be asked to correct the FAFSA data by going to the FAFSA on the Web website (https://fafsa.ed.gov/FAFSA/app/fafsa). If changes made to the FAFSA impact the student's Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), the new Student Aid Report sent by the CPS as a result of those changes will reflect the new EFC.

The school is responsible for checking all other eligibility criteria before packaging financial aid for the student. The school is also responsible for notifying the student of any changes made to an existing financial aid award package as a result of verification.

The school is required to notify the U.S. Office of Inspector General if they suspect that a student, employee or other individual has misreported information or altered documentation submitted in order for a student to fraudulently obtain federal funds.

Dependent Student Verification form
Independent Student Verification form