Students are randomly selected by the Federal Student Aid Central Processing System when they process the submitted FAFSA. At least 30% of a school’s applicant’s are selected and student’s can be selected for verification at more than one school. Every Financial Aid Office must verify the FAFSA data provided by the student/spouse and/or parents is accurate before financial awards are offered to the student.
Students who are selected for verification will receive an email or a written request from the Office of Financial Aid for the required verification documents.
It is important that all documents requested are returned in a timely manner because delays in response or incomplete documents can significantly delay the processing of financial aid packages.
Selected students must complete a Verification Worksheet, and submit copies of their IRS Federal Tax Return. If the student is a dependent student the parent(s) and any step-parent’s IRS Federal Tax Returns will be needed. If the student is independent, the IRS Federal Tax Return for the student’s spouse is required. Typically copies of all W-2′s from employers are required as well.
Upon review of the student’s file, the Office of Financial Aid may also request other information for resolution of discrepancies. If copies of the tax return(s) are unavailable, they can be requested from the IRS. If an Amended Tax Return is filed, a copy of the original return and the amendment is required. Those students/families who request a filing extension from the IRS, please note that this can delay aid packaging as we are required to await the filing of the taxes.
Students who are only eligible for Tennessee Educational Lottery Scholarships or Loans may be flagged for verification even if they qualify for no other gift aid.
Verification must be completed before an award can be offered to the student by Tusculum College.
Please contact the Office of Financial Aid at Tusculum College if you have questions about verification or if you are unsure if you have been selected for verification.
Due to federal privacy laws, the Office of Financial Aid restricts the release of private student information. We are unable to release information to third parties (i.e., parents, spouses, etc.) without a signed release form (Buckley Agreement) on file from the student.