Verification is the process by which the Financial Aid Office compares the information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with source documents provided by the student to verify the accuracy of the application information. These policies are to be used in conjunction with the Department of Education’s Verification Guidelines. Mt. San Antonio College is a Quality Assurance (QA) school which uses the ISIR Analysis (IA) Tool to analyze applicant data and determine verification criteria. In addition, Mt. San Antonio College may select files for verification to resolve conflicting information.
Beginning 2013-2014, students who are selected for verification by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) based on the Dream Act Application information will also be subjected to the same verification guidelines outlined here.
At Mt. San Antonio College, federal student aid will not be awarded to those students selected for verification until all requested documentation is submitted and the verification process is complete. If a student withdraws from all classes before verification is completed, the student must provide the necessary documents for verification within 45 days of the withdrawal date in order to receive a post-withdrawal disbursement.
The following deadlines, regulated by the U.S. Department of Education, will be followed at Mt. San Antonio College and can be located in the Department of Education’s Verification Guide and on the Financial Aid Office’s website.
Deadline for 2014-2015: All applications (FAFSA, Renewal FAFSA, FAFSA on the Web) must be received a t Mt. San Antonio College by the earlier of June 14, 2015 or the last day of enrollment given that the file is not selected for verification.
Students who file the Dream Act Application to qualify for the Cal Grant program, the deadline stipulated by CSAC is March 2, 2014 (entitlement and competitive grants). Students who file the Dream Act application to qualify for the Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver will have the same deadline o f June 14, 2015 or the last day of enrollment given that the file is not selected for verification.
Note: Students who fail to turn in all documents required to complete verification by the
appropriate deadline at Mt. San Antonio College,
which is the last day of enrollment, will be ineligible for financial aid for 2014-2015. Verification deadlines for 2014-2015 will be determined
by dates of enrollment period for all financial aid programs. The above deadline is for a student who has continuous enrollment (Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015 and/or Spring 2015) throughout the academic year.
For student who enroll do not maintain continuous enrollment, the following application completion deadline must be adhered to by federal guidelines:
For Summer 2014, financial aid file must be received and completed if selected for verification on
the last day of the term: August 3rd, 2014
For Fall 2014, financial aid file must be received and completed if selected for verification on
the last day of the term: December 14th, 2014
For Winter 2015 and/or Spring 2015, financial aid file must be received and completed if
selected for verification on the last day of the term: June 14th, 2015.
Any student financial aid population may be selected for verification by the Department of Education. The Financial Aid Office will verify every student selected for verification in accordance with Mt. San Antonio College’s Quality Assurance ISIR Analysis. Additionally, the Financial Aid Office at Mt. San Antonio College will perform additional verification on all students who have conflicting data in the file documents.
Students will be notified of the documents that must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office in order to complete verification via myMtSAC Portal, once Mt. San Antonio College’s Financial Aid Office receives the student’s data. MyMtSAC Portal will list the required verification items or actions and any other items required by the Financial Aid Office to complete the student’s file. Additional documentation or information will also be accessible in myMtSAC Portal, including messages for students to view.
For Non-Tax Filers:
For Tax Filers not using the IRS Data Retrieval:
1. Dependency Status
An independent student will be required to verify dependency status by completing the Independent Verification Worksheet. In addition, the specific application item that makes the student independent will be verified as follows:
2. Base Year Income
Mt. San Antonio College’s Financial Aid Office encourages students and parents to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval process to import data from their tax return and not change it. This is the fastest, easiest, and most secure method of meeting verification requirements.
3. Other Untaxed Income/Benefits
The following will be verified from IRS Tax Return Transcripts, IRS Tax Returns, or IRS Data Retrieval:
If taxes were not filed, these items will only be verified if there is evidence of a discrepancy.
4. Discretionary Verification Items
Other untaxed income may be verified with the Agency Certification - Untaxed Income Form; however is not required unless there is evidence of a discrepancy.
5. Child Support Paid
Child support paid will be verified by self-certification on the Verification Worksheet or on the Child Support Paid Form, unless there appears to be a discrepancy in the information submitted.
6. Household Size
Household size will be verified by self-certification on the Verification Worksheet.
7. Number in College
Number in College will be verified by self-certification on the Verification Worksheet. The college name will be required for each person who is enrolled at least half time. Parents are not included in this number.
8. SNAP Benefits (Food Stamps)
SNAP Benefits will be verified by self-certification on the Verification Worksheet or on the Receipt of SNAP Benefits Form.
Assets may be verified with the Asset Clarification Form; however is not required unless there is evidence of a discrepancy.
Financial Aid Administrators may use professional judgment on a case-by-case basis only to adjust the student’s cost of attendance or the data used to calculate the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) when special circumstances are apparent.
Professional judgment may be used to adjust income and asset data items due to recent unemployment or changes in income or assets. Professional judgment may be used to adjust the student’s cost of attendance(COA) due to elementary/secondary tuition, expenses not covered by health insurance, or unusually high child care or dependent care costs. Professional judgment may also be used to determine dependency overrides.
The reason for the adjustment must be supported with documentation and it must relate to the special circumstances specific to the student. Decisions regarding adjustments are final and cannot be appealed to the Department of Education.
Students requesting professional judgment consideration are encouraged to meet with a Financial Aid Specialist in order to review circumstances and determine eligibility consideration on a case-by-case basis.
Criteria for determining those eligible for an income adjustment are as follows:
Criteria for determining those eligible for a cost of attendance adjustment are as follows:
Circumstances for a dependency override include the dependent student who does not/cannot have contact with p arents for reasons such as abuse or abandonment. A parent’s unwillingness to provide information is not sufficient grounds for a dependency override.
Criteria for determining those eligible for a change in dependency status are as follows:
The Financial Aid Specialist, in the process of verification, has the discretion to verify any
additional FAFSA or Dream Act Application items or information and to request any reasonable
documentation that may be needed to substantiate the student’s financial aid application. If there
is a legitimate discrepancy between the FAFSA or Dream Act Application and the verification
documentation, the Financial Aid Specialist will document the discrepancy in the student’s file
These policies will be made available to students at the Financial Aid Office upon request.