for graduate students
What is Verification?
Verification is a process where the College double-checks the information you submitted on your financial aid application materials. The FAFSA processing center or the College can select students for Verification.
How do I know if I’ve been selected?
- After filing your FAFSA, you should have received a Student Aid Report (SAR). Review your SAR carefully - if you were selected for Verification it may be indicated on the report.
- If your financial aid award notification from Lewis & Clark indicates that Verification is required, you’ve been selected.
- We may send you letters and/or emails telling you to complete Verification. Please open and read all correspondence from us, then respond in a timely manner.
- Check My Documents in WebAdvisor for an updated list of outstanding items.
What to do if you’ve been selected for verification:
For the 2013-14 academic year…
- Verify your income. If you haven’t already done so, log in to your 2013-14 FAFSA and, in the Financial Information section, link to the IRS website and import 2012 income information using the Data Retrieval Tool.*
- Complete the 2013-14 Independent Verification Worksheet.
- Submit the signed Verification Worksheet email to our office along with the following required documents:
- Your (and your spouse’s, if married) 2012 W-2 form(s), Schedule C, and/or Schedule K-1, as applicable.
For the 2012-13 academic year…
- 2011 Federal Tax Return Transcript from the IRS*
- Your 2011 W-2 form(s)
- Your spouse’s 2011 W-2 form(s), if married
- 2012-13 Independent Verification Worksheet
*Tax return NOT required if you used the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to populate income information on your FAFSA.
When do I complete Verification?
Incoming students: All required documents should be submitted as soon as they are available, but no later than April 15.
Continuing students: All required documents should be submitted as soon as they are available, but no later than May 1.
We are required to make corrections to inaccurate information discovered through the verification process and to use the verified information in determining a student’s eligibility for financial aid. Corrections to a student’s aid application information may cause a change in eligibility and result in a revised award notification.
What happens if I don’t complete Verification in a timely manner?
Offers of financial aid will not be finalized nor will any funds disburse to your student account if Verification is required but incomplete. Failure to complete Verification may also result in the cancellation of your financial aid.