What is Verification?

Verification is the process the Financial Aid Office uses to confirm that the data reported on your FAFSA is accurate. The United States Department of Education gives each college the authority to contact students for documentation that supports the information reported on the FAFSA.

If you’re selected for verification, it doesn’t mean you have made a mistake or even that the FAFSA processor believes you have entered information incorrectly. In fact, one out of every three FAFSA transactions gets selected to be verified. Selection for verification can be due to an item on your FAFSA that was questionable to the FAFSA processor, or it could be completely random. The school is not notified of the specific reason a student is selected, only that we are required to verify one or more data elements.

How do I Complete Verification?

It will depend on what information the FAFSA processor asks us to verify from your application. Any items we need will be listed on your “To Do List” on the Student Center. To find this information, please log in to MyBRCC, then proceed to the Student Center. On the right side of the page, you will see a list of all required items for financial aid processing. Items requested may be electronic forms, paper forms, tax documents, or written statements.

Once we receive all requested documents, a specialist will compare your verification information to the information reported on the FAFSA. Sometimes, if information is unclear, we will have to ask for additional information, so it is very important that you check your VCCS e-mail regularly. If there are discrepancies, we may need to make changes to your FAFSA.

Once the verification has been completed and all necessary changes (if any) have been made to the FAFSA, we will notify you regarding what financial aid you are eligible to receive, including instructions on how to view it online.

What Items Might Be Requested?

While there are a number of documents that may be requested, the most common are these:

Signed copy of Federal Tax Return (1040) Form

This is the form you complete and send to the IRS each year to calculate your tax obligation for the year. This may be requested from you, your parent if you are a dependent student, and/or your spouse if you are married. If you have an unsigned copy and this is requested, please sign before submitting.

Federal W2

This is the document you receive from your employer at the end of the year indicating how much income you earned from working. This may be requested from you, your parent if you are a dependent student, and/or your spouse if you are married. If you are self-employed, you can provide a form 1099, an IRS Schedule C, or IRS Schedule SE to fulfill this requirement if a W2 is not provided to you.

IRS Verification of Nonfiling

This is a document you can request from the IRS to prove that you did not file taxes for a particular year. You can request a Verification of Nonfiling at the IRS Website or by submitting a Form 4506-T PDF (requires Acrobat Reader) to the IRS.

Dependent Household Information Form

This form must be completed if you are a dependent student and the FAFSA processor indicates we must verify the number of people in your household or the number of household members in college. You can download this form on the Financial Aid Forms page.

Independent Household Size Form

This form must be completed if you are an independent student and the FAFSA processor indicates we must verify the number of people in your household. This can be completed from the To Do List on your Student Center.

Independent Number in College Form

This form must be completed if you are an independent student and the FAFSA processor indicates we must verify the number of your household members that are in college. This can be completed from the To Do List on your Student Center.

Questions?

If you have questions about what you need to do to complete your verification, we are more than happy to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Feel free to call 855-844-3631 or visit our Support Center for live chat or to submit a case and receive an e-mail response. You are also welcome to visit our office whenever we are open, no appointment necessary!