Some students who file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will be randomly selected for review in a process called verification. These students and their families are selected by the federal government but it does not mean they suspect any wrong doing. They simply utilize this process as a means for maintaining a system of checks and balances.
If you are selected for verification, the Federal government requires St. Thomas Aquinas College to confirm the information you reported on your FAFSA. This is done by comparing your FAFSA with the information on the Verification worksheet, the information on your tax return and with other required documentation. If there are differences, your FAFSA information may need to be corrected. You will be advised by the Financial Aid Office if you have been selected.
What You Need To Do:
Complete and sign the required Verification Worksheet and submit the form and other required documents to the financial aid office at St. Thomas Aquinas College.
If tax returns were filed electronically use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to complete the FAFSA. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is part of the FAFSA on the Web. When you log on to FAFSA.gov follow the instructions to determine if you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and to transfer the IRS tax information into your FAFSA.
The St. Thomas Aquinas College financial aid office will then use the IRS information that was transferred in the verification process. If students and their parents choose not to or are unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool they must then submit to the school an 2012-2013 Tax Transcript Form for 2011 Tax Returns for the selected year that was transferred in the verification process.
If you are selected for verification, the college can not disburse your federal aid, state aid, college aid, or student loans until the process is completed. This is for new or continuing students. If the college can not disburse aid onto the student account, the student will be responsible for the business office invoiced amounts. Please provide any requested documentation to the Office of Financial Aid in a timely fashion.
Please visit the Financial Aid Forms page for the forms you need.
Please complete the required forms and return with any additional requested documentation to:
St Thomas Aquinas College
Office of Financial Aid – Spellman Hall
125 Route 340
Sparkill, NY 10976