Verification for Financial Aid
Verification Documents You May Need to Submit
If you received an email from the North Central Financial Aid office stating that you selected for verification, please print the document(s) requested in the email “TO DO LIST” by clicking on the appropriate form(s).
IMPORTANT FINANCIAL AID UPDATE:
GOOD NEWS! The U.S. Department of Education announced on January 9th, 2019 that you can now submit a SIGNED copy of your 2016 Federal tax return. This also applies to parents of dependent students that need to verify tax information. A tax transcript from the IRS is no longer required but can still be used to verify tax information.
In addition, students and/or parents that have been requested to submit a letter of non-filing and are unable to obtain this letter from the IRS may submit North Central Michigan College’s Non-Filing Statement.
See Question 5 below for how to electronically submit your verification documents.
1. What is FAFSA Verification?
FAFSA Verification is the process of reviewing a student’s FAFSA for accuracy. In this review, the financial aid staff compares the student’s FAFSA with information provided on the required verification documents. The information that is verified includes income, household size and, if requested, high school completion status. If differences are found, North Central Michigan College will correct the FAFSA and re-submit it to the U.S. Department of Education for reprocessing. North Central Michigan College will then recalculate the financial aid awards using the corrected FAFSA.
Note: Students selected for verification cannot receive any federal aid, including student loans until they have completed the verification process.
2. How are FAFSA records chosen for verification?
Many students selected for verification are chosen randomly by the U.S. Department of Education. However, you are more likely to be selected for verification if the information you provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) was inconsistent, if the FAFSA you submitted was incomplete, or if your FAFSA contained estimated information. The verification process ensures that eligible students receive all the financial aid to which they are entitled and prevents ineligible students from receiving financial aid to which they are not entitled.
3. What happens if my FAFSA is selected for verification?
If your FAFSA is selected for verification, you will be notified by North Central to your student My Mail account. The email will be titled “Additional FAFSA Information Required”. The email will contain a “TO DO LIST:” that lists the documents required to complete FAFSA Verification. This verification document list is also available at My Financial Aid under the Students tab in the My North Central section of the Student Portal. Once we receive all the required documents, we will complete your FAFSA Verification review. If any differences are found between the information you provided on your FAFSA and your verification paperwork, we will correct your FAFSA and re-submit it to the U.S. Department of Education for reprocessing. It is important to regularly check your My Mail account and My Financial Aid for accurate verification updates and comments.
4. What documents are needed to complete FAFSA Verification?
Generally, a verification worksheet and documentation of Federal tax information is required. The specific listing of required verification documents will be included in the email that you receive from North Central Michigan College. The verification worksheets that are required will be listed in the “Additional FAFSA Information Required” email that we send to your My Mail account and those worksheets are available at the top of this webpage.
Verification documents can be submitted using any of the following options, including taking a picture with a smart phone and emailing the picture. If you are submitting a picture, please ensure the entire document is captured and in focus.
Electronic Upload: Click Here This link will take you to instructions for electronically uploading and sending your verification documents to North Central's Financial Aid department. You will need to login with your Portal username and password.
Mail: North Central Michigan College Attn: Financial Aid Office 1515 Howard Street Petoskey, MI 49770
Fax: 231-348-6627 or 231-348-6685
Email: New regulations from the U.S. Department of Education state that emailing documents is not a secure method of delivery. All emailed documents must be encrypted for security and any emailed documents received by Financial Aid not encrypted are sent at the student’s risk.
6. Is there a deadline for submitting and completing verification?
While there is not a fixed deadline, verification must be submitted in the academic year in which the student is continuously enrolled. However, it is in the student's best interest to complete FAFSA Verification as soon as possible. We encourage those selected for FAFSA Verification to submit their documentation within 15 days after notification of your verification selection. Our verification process can take approximately two weeks to complete from the receipt of all required documentation. This means financial aid may not be awarded for approximately two weeks after we receive all of the required verification paperwork.
Note: If a student or their parents have a unique income tax situation including divorce, death, tax-related identity theft, 401k rollover, or amended tax return, please notify our financial aid office. We will explain how to provide required documentation in these unique situations.
7. Can I elect NOT to complete the verification process?
Yes, you can elect to NOT complete the FAFSA Verification process. However, making this decision means that you forfeit access to all federal aid including student loans. All financial aid in these categories will be placed on hold.
Should this decision be reversed at a later time in the same academic year, then the verification review process would proceed. Once the verification review is successfully completed, all aid for which the student is still eligible would be reinstated.
8. What if I have questions about this process?
Contact the Financial Aid office by email at FinancialAid@ncmich.edu or by phone at 1-231-348-6605.