Financial Aid

Verification

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What does it mean to be selected for Verification?

The U.S. Department of Education will select certain Student Aid Reports (SAR) for a process called Verification. The purpose of the verification process is to ensure that the information on the FAFSA is correct. Students who are eligible for grants are more likely to be selected for verification. Students may also be selected for verification by SCC if there appears to be a discrepancy in any of the information. SCC verifies all students who are selected by the Department of Education Central Processor for verification, even if this verification process has been performed at another institution for the same award year.

How do I know if I am selected?
You will be sent an e-mail to your SCC student email letting you know that you have been selected for verification and what documents need to be submitted to the SCC Financial Aid Office.
 
What do I do if I am selected?
  • Fill out and sign the requested verification documents which will be on our Financial Aid Forms page. Do not leave questions blank. 
  • If we must verify your tax return data, we will ask you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA or get a tax transcript from the IRS. See Tools and Resources for more details.
  • Talk to the SCC Financial Aid Office if you have any questions about completing the forms or any of the documents that are being requested.
  • You can submit verification documentation to the Sylva Campus (Financial Aid Office), Franklin campus (Student Services), by Fax to 828.339.4651, or e-mail financialaid[at]southwesterncc[dot]edu .
How long does it take?
 
Once the SCC Financial Aid Office has received all of the required documentation it can still take several weeks to process your application. Therefore, it is very important to turn in your documentation as soon as possible.
 
What’s next?
 
The SCC Financial Aid Office will review the information on the documents and contact you if any further information is needed. Please be aware that the SCC Financial Aid Office bases awards from your verified Student Aid Report. If any of the original information changes through verification, it can affect your eligibility for financial aid.  If no further information is needed, watch for an e-mail letting you know to go to your MySCC/ WebAdvisor to review your award letter.