Completing the Financial Aid Process- Verification Process
Some FAFSA applications may be selected for "
" by the Central Processing System or LaGrange College. Verification is
the process of evaluating the accuracy of the information submitted on the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you are selected for verification,
you will be asked to submit documentation to verify the accuracy of the data
elements reported on the FAFSA. The U.S. Department of Education annually
issues a list of data elements that must be reviewed and acceptable documentation
of the data element. The Financial Aid Office will send you a "missing information
letter" by e-mail or home address detailing the additional information need to
complete verification and/or complete your file. All requested information must
be provided to LaGrange College Financial Aid Office within
of the notification date. If the requested documentation is unavailable at the
time of the request, an extension can be granted provided the Financial Aid Office
receives a written request explaining the reason the documentation is not provided
and an estimated date the information will be available. The data elements that
must be verified for 2016-2017 are:
Number of household members
Number of household members enrolled at least half-time in college
Adjusted Gross Income
U.S. taxes paid
Income earned from work
Receipt of food stamps
Child support paid.
LaGrange College's Verification Policy and list of acceptable documentation for
these data elements can be accessed here. LaGrange College students selected
for verification cannot be awarded federal financial aid until the verification
process is completed.
If after completion of the verification process discrepancies are found, the Financial
Aid Office will transmit the corrected information to the Central Processor. You
will receive a revised Student Aid Report (SAR) reflecting the updated information.
Once your file is complete, it will proceed to the packaging phase where an official
award will be sent to you. The financial aid award process begins in early
You can eliminate most of the information necessary to complete verification by
taking advantage of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool Process.