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Required Documentation

Required Documentation


The financial aid staff is required by federal rules to verify many applicants’ family income received in 2015 to process the 2016-17 financial aid application.

  • Verification means that the Financial Aid Office compares the information on your documents to the information you entered on your FAFSA.
  • Income means all taxed and certain untaxed money received in 2015: Wages, business and farm earnings, child support received for all children, housing, food, and other living allowances paid to members of the military, clergy, and others, veterans non-educational benefits such as Disability, Death Pension, or Dependency & Indemnity Compensation (DIC) and/or VA Educational Work Study allowances, Workers’ Compensation, and Disability.

If you are selected for verification you will be notified which documents you must submit for verification via the Financial Aid Portal at lowercolumbia.edu/finaid. The deadline to submit documents for verification is also the Last Day for Administrative Holds and is published on the financial aid webpage of the LCC website under Important Financial Aid Dates and Deadlines. The Financial Aid Office will not be able to award your financial aid until all documents are received. The last day of the year to submit documents is April 7, 2017.

If you have already been awarded and the school receives an additional FAFSA that requires you to be verified, the school is required to verify your income. All future quarters of aid will be blocked until verification is complete. Award changes, if any, will be available in the Financial Aid Portal at lowercolumbia.edu/finaid. Your aid eligibility could also be affected retroactively to the quarter you began attending in the current academic year, and you could owe a repayment of student aid funds.

Independent Students

  1. If you are considered independent for financial aid eligibility purposes, the following documents are required to verify your 2015 data:

    a. 2016-2017 Federal Verification Worksheet: obtain the worksheet from the Financial Aid Office or at lowercolumbia.edu/finaid. Students are placed in 1 of 4 verification groups selected by the Department of Education. Be sure to obtain the correct verification form that corresponds to your verification group, as stated on the financial aid portal.

    b. 2015 IRS Tax Transcript, if you did not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool while completing your FAFSA or you used the tool but subsequently changed the imported numbers on your FAFSA: for you and your spouse, if you are married. If, at the time you initially apply for financial aid, you are married to a spouse who filed a separate return or joint tax return with someone else, you must provide a copy of the complete IRS Tax Transcript your present spouse filed for 2015. If you are legally required to file according to IRS rules, you must file before we can process your financial aid.

    c. 2015 W2 forms, if you were not legally required to submit an IRS tax return:submit a copy of all W2’s received for the 2015 calendar year, even if you no longer work for the company that supplied your W2.

    d. Verification of Nonfiling: you may be required to obtain this letter from the IRS if we are unable to determine whether or not you filed a 2015 IRS tax return.

    e. Statements of support and/or other supplemental agency documents may be required: you will be notified of any specific requirement to provide these types of documents.

    f. Proof of High School Completion status: high school diploma or high school transcript, GED certificate or GED transcript, or home school transcript. Your verification group form will contain this information, if you are required to submit it.

  2. You are considered an independent applicant for financial aid purposes if you answered “yes” to any FAFSA question #45-57. You may be asked to submit proof of your ability to meet these independency questions. Examples of documents that may be required are: marriage certificate, birth certificate, DD214, statements of support, court documents, statements from agencies such as Child Protective Services, and homeless or runaway shelters.

  3. You may also be considered an independent applicant for financial aid purposes if you have exceptional or extraordinary family circumstances. If you believe you have exceptional or extraordinary circumstances, and you want to request the financial aid administrator to use professional judgment to designate you as an independent applicant for financial aid purposes, obtain a Request for Independency form from the Financial Aid Office. Provide documents and specific information concerning your contention that you are an independent applicant in accordance with the request form. The U.S. Department of Education has already ruled that, even if you do not live with your parents, or they refuse to support you or to provide their income documents, or they have not claimed you as an exemption on their federal income tax return for 2013, those factors are not considered sufficient justification to designate you an independent applicant for financial aid purposes.

  4. If, after reviewing the independent criteria in paragraph above and you cannot meet any criteria to be considered an independent applicant, refer to the Dependent Applicant list of documents below.

Dependent Students

  1. The term parent means your biological parents and/or stepparent only. Legal guardians and grandparents are not considered parents unless they have legally adopted you. If you have no contact with either of your biological parents, contact the LCC financial aid office to determine how to apply for financial aid.If you were born after January 1, 1993, you may be asked to provide the following documents to the Financial Aid Office:

    a. 2015-2016 Federal Verification Worksheet: obtain the worksheet from the Financial Aid Office or at lowercolumbia.edu/finaid. Students are placed in 1 of 4 verification groups selected by the Department of Education. Be sure to obtain the correct verification form that corresponds to your verification group, as stated on the financial aid portal.

    b. Your parent(s) 2015 IRS Tax Transcript: If, at the time you initially apply for financial aid, your parent was remarried to a spouse who filed a separate return or joint tax return with someone else, you must provide a copy of the complete IRS Tax Transcript your parent and their present spouse filed for 2015. If your parent(s) are legally required to file according to IRS rules you must file before we can process your financial aid.

    c. Your 2015 IRS Tax Transcript: If you are legally required to file according to IRS rules you must file before we can process your financial aid.

    d. 2015 W2 forms, if you were not legally required to file a tax return:submit a copy of all W2’s received in 2015, yours and your parent(s) even if no tax return was filed and even if you or your parents no longer work for the company that supplied your W2.

    e. Verification of Nonfiling: you may be required to obtain this letter from the IRS if we are unable to determine whether or not you filed a 2015 IRS tax return.

    f. Statements of support and/or other supplemental agency documents: you will be notified of any requirement to provide these types of documents.

    g. Proof of High School Completion status: high school diploma, GED Certificate, HS/GED transcripts, home school transcript.

 

 

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