The U.S. Department of Education randomly selects students nationwide for verification. This process requires students to document their financial circumstances and to ensure the information listed on the FAFSA is accurate. The RCGC Office of Financial Aid will verify the files of those students who are selected. Financial aid will not be awarded until this process is complete.
Students selected for verification during the 2018-2019 aid year must provide verification documents from the 2016 tax year.
Students who are selected for verification during the 2017-2018 aid year must provide verification documents from the 2015 tax year.
How it Works
Students receive an email via their RCGC email address explaining they've been selected for verification and which documents they must submit to the Office of Financial Aid.
Students must gather all of the required documentation and submit everything as one organized package to Financial Aid. This will become part of their file for the aid year.
Students must monitor their progress by continually checking their RCGC Portal under the "Financial Aid Requirements" section and college email address.
If required to make corrections or provide additional documentation, students must do so as soon as possible.
Once the file has been verified, the Office of Financial Aid will package the student according to his/her eligibility.
Review Step 6 – Track Progress on the Federal Aid webpage for helpful hints on navigating this process.
What is Verified
Required documentation for verification ranges from personal items (i.e. Social Security card) to financial statements (i.e. tax return transcripts). *Following are a few examples of what might be requested.
Verification Worksheet V1-V5
Tax return transcript
W2s (all jobs)
Social Security benefits statement
SNAP benefits statement
TANF benefits statement
WIC benefits statement
Child support benefits statement
Unemployment benefits statement
Value of rental properties
Social Security card(s)
Legal custody or guardianship court orders
Foster care or orphan/ward of court documentation
DD214 veteran paperwork
Selective Service registration
Proof of Citizenship
Alien Registration Number (ARN)
High school completion credential (i.e. diploma, transcript, GED score)
Statement of Educational Purpose
*This is not a complete list of documentation that might be requested. The Office of Financial Aid reserves the right to request information to make corrections or resolve discrepancies in student files.
How to Obtain Tax Return Transcripts
Students and their families have a few options available to them for requesting their tax return transcripts from the IRS for financial aid verification purposes. The first is to visit IRS.gov and select Get a Tax Transcript. The second option is to complete the Form 4506-T Request for Transcript of Tax Return and submit it to the IRS.
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