Verification is a process in which the Financial Aid Office confirms the information you reported on the FAFSA. Approximately 30% of students are selected for verification each year. If you are selected for verification, you may be asked to provide a copy of yours and your parents' (if applicable) IRS tax transcript and complete a verification worksheet. Illinois residents must also prove their residency status. The Financial Aid Office will notify you by mail if you are selected for verification. You may also check your MySIC, Financial Aid Document Tracking to see what forms our office needs to complete your financial aid. Verification forms are located on the Forms page.
Students and parents are highly encourage to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) on the FAFSA. The IRS DRT allows students and parents to link directly to the IRS and transfer their income tax information to the FAFSA. This process ensures the correct information is reported on the FAFSA and avoids having to contact the IRS for a tax transcript.
Once the Financial Aid Office receives all the requested information, we will compare the information provided with the information on the FAFSA. If our office identifies any discrepancies, we will submit the appropriate changes. You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) reflecting the changes. You will receive an award letter approximately one to two weeks after all documents and corrections are received.