Verfication Process

The Student Aid Report you receive after your FAFSA is processed will notify you if you have been selected for the verification process. The NCC Financial Aid Office will also notify you in writing and provide you with the required worksheets and instructions to complete the verification process. Accepted students who have filed a FAFSA can also view requests for any additional documents on their MyNCC accounts.

What must you do if selected for verification?

If you are selected for verification after filing the FAFSA you must submit all required documentation before need-based federal student aid can be awarded. You will be provided with a verification worksheet to complete and will need to restate on the worksheet some information you provided on the FAFSA. For example, you may be asked to provide the names and ages of all household members, confirm receipt of some federal benefit program funding such as SNAP, provide documentation of your identity and/or list your income and status as a tax filer or non-filer. The worksheet you receive will contain detailed instructions about the acceptable forms you are required to submit to complete verification requirements. If you are a tax-filer and are being asked to provide confirmation of your federal tax information you will need to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool within the on-line FAFSA to transfer your tax information directly from the IRS, or obtain a free IRS Tax Return Transcript.

Click for detailed instructions about how to access tax information for verification purposes (PDF).

Once all requested verification documents have been received the school will review the information and, if needed, will make changes to correct your FAFSA information.

What is the deadline to submit verification documents?

Students should not submit documentation unless they receive specific requests from the NCC Financial Aid Office. In order to ensure timely review of verification information, documentation is requested within twenty-one (21) days of the request made by NCC.

What do I do if I have an unusual federal income tax circumstance?

Individuals Granted a Filing Extension by the IRS

If an individual is required to file an IRS income tax return and has been granted a filing extension by the IRS, provide the following documents:

  • A copy of IRS Form 4868, "Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return," that was filed with the IRS
  • A copy of the IRS's approval of an extension beyond the automatic six-month extension if the individual requested an additional extension of the filing time for tax year; and
  • A copy of IRS Form W–2 for each source of employment income received for tax year and, if self-employed, a signed statement certifying the amount of the individual's Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) and the U.S. income tax paid for tax year.

Individuals Who Filed an Amended IRS Income Tax Return

If an individual filed an amended IRS income tax return for tax year, provide both of the following:

  • A signed copy of the original IRS income tax return that was filed with the IRS or an IRS Tax Return Transcript; and
  • A signed copy of the IRS Form 1040X, "Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return," that was filed with the IRS.

Individuals Who Were Victims of IRS Identity Theft

  • A victim of IRS identity theft who is not able to obtain an IRS Tax Return Transcript or use the IRS DRT must contact the IRS at 1.800.908.4490. Upon authentication of the tax filer's identity, the IRS will provide, by U.S. Postal Service, a printout of the tax filer's IRS income tax return information.

Individuals Who Filed Non-IRS Income Tax Returns

  • An individual filed or will file an income tax return with Puerto Rico, another U.S. territory (e.g., Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Northern Marianas Islands), or with a foreign country, must provide a signed copy of that income tax return(s).

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