Verification Processing

Verification Process

Students might notice on their Student Aid Report (SAR) that they have been selected for verification; or might receive an email from SCC indicating the selection.  Verification is the process SCC uses to confirm that the data reported on the FAFSA is accurate.  If a student is selected for verification, they should not assume that they have done something wrong. Verification is a random selection conducted by the Dept. of Education.

In addition, Stanly Community College has the authority to select applications for the verification process if there is conflicting data.

Students who have been selected for verification will receive an email from the Stanly Community College Financial Aid Office to their student email address. This email will indicate the documentation required to complete the verification process. Students are also sent a card indicating that their record has been received.

Requested FA forms are attached to the initial and subsequent automated email(s) generated in response to FAFSA submittals. FA forms are also available on the SCC website under Financial Aid - Financial Aid forms.  In addition, paper forms are available from the Financial Aid Office upon request.

Requested FA forms are required as soon as possible or before published priority deadlines. A student’s financial aid record is on “hold” until all requested documentation has been received.

Timeline:

Once all forms have been submitted, the verification process generally takes 1-2 weeks to complete.  Note that turning in all requested documents before the priority deadline is key to insure that eligible financial aid awards are in place before a semester and/or class(es) begins.  

The Financial Aid priority deadlines are posted on the Financial Aid Calendar.

 

 

The Department of Education categorizes students into one of the five Verification Tracking groups.

                                     Verification Tracking Groups

V1 – Standard Verification Group. Students in this group must verify the following if they are tax filers:

  • Adjusted gross income
  • S. Income tax paid
  • Untaxed portions of IRA distributions
  • Untaxed portions of pensions
  • IRA deductions and payments
  • Tax-exempt interest income
  • Education credits
  • Household size
  • Number in college
  • Food stamps received
  • Child support paid

Students who are not tax filers must verify the following:

  • Income earned from work
  • Household size
  • Number in college
  • Food stamps received
  • Child support paid

V4 – Custom Verification Group. Students must verify high school completion status and identity/statement of educational purpose in addition to receipt of food stamps and payment of child support.

V5 – Aggregate Verification Group. Students must verify high school completion status and identity/statement of educational purpose in addition to the items in the Standard Verification Group.

V6 – Household Resources Group. Students must verify the items in the Standard Verification Groups as well as certain other untaxed income:

  • Payments to tax-deferred pension and retirement savings plans
  • Child support received
  • Housing, food, and other living allowances paid to members of the military, clergy, and others.
  • Veterans’ noneducation benefits
  • Other untaxed income
  • Money received or paid on the applicant’s behalf
  • Resources or benefits not appearing on the FAFSA, such as in-kind support from a relative or a government agency.