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Verification explained

The Department of Education or Greenfield Community College may select a student’s FAFSA for a process called Verification. Selected students are required to submit federal tax, income and asset information to GCC, in order to verify that information on the FAFSA is accurate. Federal and state financial aid funds are not awarded until the verification process is completed.

How to know if your FAFSA has been selected for Verification

  • Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) as soon as you receive it. You will receive the SAR at the email address provided on the FAFSA, 3-5 days after submitting. If no email address is provided, you will receive a paper SAR by mail in a few weeks.
  • Review the section of the SAR titled WHAT YOU MUST DO NOW. If your FAFSA is selected for Verification, instructions on which documents to provide to GCC will be provided there.
  • Check your MyGCC Financial Aid Outstanding Requirements.

Why do some FAFSAs get selected for Verification?

  • Each institution that receives federal student aid funds is required to verify at least 30% of students.
  • Some FAFSAs are selected randomly by the department of education.
  • Some FAFSAs are selected by the Department of Education or GCC, because of inconsistent information within the application.
  • If the FAFSA contains incomplete data/unanswered questions, it may be selected for Verification.
  • When estimated data is used on the application, it may be selected for Verification.

Required Verification documents for Independent Students

Your (and your spouse’s, if applicable) IRS 1040 tax transcript from the previous calendar year. (We are no longer able to accept IRS tax forms. Only tax transcript are acceptable documentation.)

  • All of your (and your spouse’s, if applicable) W-2 forms from the previous calendar year.
  • If you (or your spouse) are self-employed, the Schedule C from your IRS 1040 tax form(s) from the previous calendar year.
  • Untaxed income – examples include child support, veteran’s non-education benefits, and payments to tax-deferred pension and savings plans.
  • The Verification Worksheet for Independent Students.
  • Any other documents, as requested by the GCC Financial Aid Office.

Required Verification documents for Dependent Students

  • Your IRS 1040 tax form(s) transcript the previous calendar year. (We are no longer able to accept IRS tax forms. Only tax transcripts are acceptable documentation.)
  • Your parent’s IRS 1040 tax transcript(s) from the previous calendar year. (We are no longer able to accept IRS tax forms. Only tax transcripts are acceptable documentation.)
  • All of your W-2 forms from the previous calendar year.
  • All of your parent’s W-2 forms from the previous calendar year.
  • If your parents are self-employed, the Schedule C from their IRS 1040 tax form from the previous calendar year.
  • Untaxed income – examples include child support, veteran’s non-education benefits, and payments to tax-deferred pension and savings plans.
  • The Verification Worksheet for Dependent Students.
  • Any other documents, as requested by the GCC Financial Aid Office.

Other important information about the verification process

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