Verification Policy

Definition:

Verification is a process used by the Department of Education and ACC to confirm information a student has reported on the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA).  The Department of Education randomly selects applications for verification.  A student can also be selected by ACC because the data on the FAFSA was inconsistent or incomplete.

What if I get selected for verification?

If your application is selected for verification, the Financial Aid Office is authorized to collect specific documents in order to complete the verification process. You must submit these documents before any Title IV financial aid can be processed.

Requested documents can include, but are not limited to:

  • A copy of a tax return transcript from the student, student’s spouse (if student is married) and/or the student’s parents (if student is dependent) Instructions for requesting this can be found:  Tax Return Transcript
  • A verification of no filing letter from the IRS in some instances if you will not file taxes (The verification of nonfiling letter for the 2013 tax year must be dated June 15, 2014 or later)
  • The requested verification form (will be one of five forms) which can be found at: Request Verification
  • Proof of high school completion
  • Proof of identity
  • Other additional documents can be requested at any point during the verification process

How do I know which documents to submit and where to submit them?

ACC will notify you via myACC as to which documents are needed to complete the verification process.  A missing information letter will also be sent to your school email address directing you to myACC to view the missing documents.  It is the student’s responsibility to log into myACC and submit all requested documents. If the student does not turn in these documents, the file will not be completed and the student will not be awarded Title IV financial aid.

The documents can be submitted directly to the Financial Aid Office, faxed to Financial Aid at 303-797-5663, or emailed to finaid@arapahoe.edu.

All documents submitted for verification must include the student’s s# and signature (and parent’s signature, if dependent)

What happens once I turn in all documents requested?

After all requested documents are submitted, the Financial Aid Office will review the file and complete the verification process. The information listed on the FAFSA will be compared to the information provided on the requested documentation.  Any corrections needed will be made by the Financial Aid Office and submitted to the Department of Education (Department). The Department will then send a corrected ISIR back to ACC and the student can then be awarded financial aid.  An award letter email will be sent to you at your school email address directing you to the myACC portal to view and accept/decline awards.

The verification process can take up to fourteen days from the time all necessary documents have been submitted.

What is my responsibility as a student?

It is your responsibility to check myACC and turn in any documents requested immediately. You will see requested documents as red flags on your portal.  If these documents are not submitted, your file will remain incomplete and you will not be eligible to receive Title IV funds. If you wait to turn in these documents, your financial may be delayed as it can take up to fourteen days to complete the verification process once all documents are received.