New requirements for verification process
For your personal security and to meet new federal regulations, we can no longer accept student verification documents by email. All documents must be submitted using our online E-forms, in person or by mail or fax.

E-Forms
We are proud to announce that most forms related to Verification of FAFSA data are now available in an electronic format. These E-Forms are easier to complete and can even be completed on mobile devices. If you prefer to use the paper version, those are still available.

2018-19 Verification requirements
If your FAFSA application is selected for Verification, make sure you understand what documents and whose information you need to submit. Not all applicants will be asked to submit the same documents. Always check your MySPC To Do List.

Verification

The Department of Education has regulations to ensure that only eligible students receive financial aid. Verification is the process used to confirm the data you provided on the FAFSA. It is to your benefit to submit all requested items as quickly as possible since your financial aid file cannot be reviewed or completed until verification is complete. If there are any differences found between information reported on the FAFSA and the actual figures provided in the verification documents, SPC will submit the corrections on your behalf. Your financial aid award will be based on the corrected information.

Your financial aid file may have been selected for verification randomly by the federal processor, or because your file appears to have errors or conflicting information.

If you are a dependent student and both biological and/or adoptive parents reside in the same household, you will need to provide both parents' information regardless of their marital status or gender.

If you are an independent student and your marital status on the date the FAFSA was completed was "married," you will need to provide your spouse's information regardless of gender.

A student/parent is considered "married" if the student/parent was legally married in any domestic or foreign jurisdiction that recognizes that relationship as a legal marriage, regardless of where the couple resides. This determination applies to same sex or opposite sex couples. This determination does not apply to domestic partnership, civil unions, or similar formal relationships recognized under state law.

Tips for Verification
To expedite the processing of your financial aid file if it is selected for verification:

  • Start early and check the accuracy of your answers against the documents you used to complete any form.
  • Submit all requested verification documents in a timely manner. Ample processing time is needed to ensure adherence to federal regulations. The longer you wait to submit required documentation, the longer verification will take.
  • Your file will not be complete until all requested documents are received and processed.

What documents do I need to submit?
If your Student Aid Report (SAR) has been selected for Verification, SPC will send a written request for documentation by mail and SPC student email. In addition, your MySPC To Do List will list any required documents. Not all applicants will be asked to submit the same documents. You may be asked to provide different documents than you have submitted in previous years.

Requested Verification documents may include IRS Tax Transcripts, a completed Verification Worksheet, or other documents. In some circumstances, you may go back to your FAFSA application and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to download your income information. If you are unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, submit an IRS Tax Return Transcript. You may no longer submit copies of tax returns (IRS 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ). If you filed a 2015 income tax return with Puerto Rico, another U.S. territory, commonwealth, or with a foreign central government, provide a transcript that was obtained at no cost from the relevant taxing authority, or if this cannot be obtained at no cost, then provide a signed copy of that 2015 tax return.

How do I submit the requested documents?
The easiest and quickest way is to complete the E-forms which will automatically be delivered to SPC when you select "Submit."

You may request fillable PDF versions of our Verification forms by contacting ASKFAS, calling 727-791-2485 or speaking with an FA Counselor. For documents that you must submit in paper format, be sure to include your student name and SPC ID written clearly at the top of each page. Do not submit original documents unless you are told to do so. Make copies of what you submit.

For your personal security and to meet new federal regulations, we can no longer accept student Verification documents by email.

Financial aid awards
Your file will not be complete until all requested documents are received and processed by Financial Assistance Services. The verification process may delay the awarding of financial assistance if corrections need to be submitted to the federal processor.

Verification questions? 

If your financial aid file is selected for verification, your financial assistance will not be awarded until ALL outstanding issues are resolved. If a signature is required, documents are not considered complete unless they are signed. Please note requirements vary for each academic year. Not all applicants will be asked to submit the same documents. You may be asked to provide different documents than you have submitted in previous years.

Verification documents for fall 2018, spring 2019 and summer 2019

If you are an INDEPENDENT student, you will be required to provide:

  • A completed and signed 2018-19 Verification Worksheet 
  • A copy of your and your spouse's 2016 IRS Tax Return Transcript (no signature required)
  • In some instances, IRS Wage & Income Transcripts and/or W-2's may be required

If you are a DEPENDENT student, you will be required to provide:

  • A completed and signed (by the student and parent) 2018-19 Verification Worksheet 
  • A copy of your 2016 IRS Tax Return Transcript (no signature required)
  • A copy of your parent(s) 2016 IRS Tax Return Transcript (no signature required)
  • In some instances, IRS Wage & Income Transcripts and/or W-2's may be required

If the student, spouse, or parent DID NOT FILE IRS Forms, you (they) will be required to provide:

  • A 2016 IRS Verification of non-filing letter (no signatures required)
  • All 2016 IRS Wage & Income Transcripts showing income earned from work

Tax Return Transcript, Record of Account Transcripts and Wage & Income Transcripts

Amended tax returns 
If selected for verification and you, your spouse, or your parent(s) filed an amended tax return (1040X), you will need to provide:

  • A copy of the 2016 Tax Return Transcript
  • signed copy of the 2016 IRS Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return 
  • An IRS Record of Account Transcript, usually available 6-8 weeks after an amended tax return has been processed by the IRS

Identity Theft 
A victim of IRS identity theft who is not able to obtain a 2016 IRS Tax Return Transcript or use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) must sign and submit the following documents to complete verification:

  • Contact the IRS at 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 2016 IRS income tax return information
  • A statement signed and dated by the tax filer that he or she was a victim of tax-related identity theft and that the IRS is aware of the tax-related identity theft.

SPC reserves the right to request additional documents. View other financial aid forms. 

Other Verification Documents
Other documents might be needed. The Federal Processor alerts students to issues on the first page of the Student Aid Report. A "C" placed next to the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) indicates issues that need to be resolved.You might be requested to provide the following:

  • A copy of your Social Security Card
  • A copy of your Marriage Certificate
  • Proof of Selective Service Registration
  • Proof of receipt of food stamps, if reported on the FAFSA
  • Proof of amount of child support paid, to whom it was paid and for whom it is being paid, if reported on the FAFSA
  • Verification of high school completion

For these documents, the student should appear in person and allow the school to review the original document. Scanned or faxed copies of these documents cannot be accepted. We will make a copy for your financial aid file. If you are unable to appear in person and you are verifying citizenship/immigration status, please follow the directions for completing the Citizenship/Immigration Documentation Affidavit.

  • Citizenship papers
  • INS Alien Registration Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Statement of Identity and Educational Purpose - driver's license and/or US passport

Verification documents fall 2017, spring 2018 and summer 2018

If you are an INDEPENDENT student, you will be required to provide:

  • A completed and signed 2017-18 Verification Worksheet 
  • A copy of your and your spouse's 2015 IRS Tax Return Transcript (no signature required)
  • In some instances, IRS Wage & Income Transcripts and/or W-2's may be required

If you are a DEPENDENT student, you will be required to provide:

  • A completed and signed (by the student and parent) 2017-18 Verification Worksheet 
  • A copy of your 2015 IRS Tax Return Transcript (no signature required)
  • A copy of your parent(s) 2015 IRS Tax Return Transcript (no signature required)
  • In some instances, IRS Wage & Income Transcripts and/or W-2's may be required

If the student, spouse, or parent DID NOT FILE IRS Forms, you (they) will be required to provide:

  • A 2015 Verification of Non-filing letter (no signatures required)
  • All 2015 IRS Wage & Income Transcripts showing income earned from work

Tax Return Transcript, Tax Account Transcript and Wage & Income Transcripts

  • Request a Tax Return Transcript, Tax Account Transcript and Wage & Income Transcripts:
  • To request other documents from the IRS to be mailed to you, please call 800-908-9946

Amended tax returns
If selected for verification and you, your spouse, or your parent(s) filed an amended tax return (1040X), you will need to provide:

  • A copy of the 2015 Tax Return Transcript
  • A signed copy of the 2015 IRS Form 1040X, Amended US Individual Income Tax Return 
  • An IRS Tax Account Transcript, usually available 6-8 weeks after an amended tax return has been processed by the IRS

Identity Theft 
A victim of IRS identity theft who is not able to obtain a 2015 IRS Tax Return Transcript or use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) must sign and submit the following documents to complete verification:

  • Contact the IRS at 800-908-4490. Upon authentication of the tax filer's identity, the IRS will provide, by US Postal Service, a printout of the tax filer's 2015 IRS income tax return information
  • A statement signed and dated by the tax filer that he or she was a victim of tax-related identity theft and that the IRS is aware of the tax-related identity theft.  

SPC reserves the right to request additional documents. View other financial aid forms.