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VERIFICATION PROCESS

Verification is a process whereby your FAFSA application is selected for review, either by the Department of Education or by the Student Financial Aid Office (SFAO) at Allegany College of Maryland. If your application is chosen for verification, you and/or your parents (if you are dependent by Federal guidelines) will need to supply additional documentation to determine your aid eligibility. Students are notified through their student email account what documentation is needed to complete the verification process. Any requested forms can be downloaded and printed from the College's secure portal, WebAdvisor .  All documents must be completed in their entirety, signed, and submitted to the SFAO. If there are discrepancies between the FAFSA information and the submitted documentation, corrections to the FAFSA will be made and submitted by a Financial Aid Counselor.

Federal law requires us to complete this verification process within 120 days from the last date of your enrollment.  After the 120 days, we will not be able to award or disburse federal financial aid to you.

If you are selected for verification, the ACM SFAO will send three (3) requests for the required information 30 days apart.  If, after this 90 day period, you have not submitted the request information, we will assume you do not wish to complete the financial aid process.

A student's financial aid file can be selected for verification at any time. Any transaction processed by the Federal Processing Center can result in a change to a student's information. The SFAO evaluates files throughout the year and awards can be adjusted at any time due to these changes.  If you are selected for verification, your financial aid funds may be held from payment or returned until the verification process is complete. If you are selected for verification after your financial aid funds have paid and the verification process results in lowering of your financial aid awards, you may have to pay back the difference to the school or to the Federal government. If you fail to complete the verification process, your financial aid may be cancelled. 

If your Title IV Financial Aid amounts change at any time after the Official Award Notification is sent to you, we will send an official adjustment notice to your student email account.  The EFC (Expected Family Contribution) used to determine your financial aid awards is posted to the Financial Aid Award Letter section of your WebAdvisor account.

If you or anyone else purposefully misrepresents or alters any information used to determine financial aid awards in order to fraudulently obtain federal funds, you will be immediately reported to the Office of Inspector General.

We can no longer accept personal copies of federal tax returns. If the student is chosen for verification and both student and/or parent do not utilize the IRS Data Retrieval option, they must submit an official IRS Tax Return Transcript. The tax return transcript may be obtained at www.irs.gov/transcript.There is no fee charged to obtain a transcript and once requested, please allow 5-10 days for delivery. Further information about IRS Data Retrieval is on our website. If you file an amended return, we will need a copy of both the signed 1040X Amended Return and the original tax return transcript. 

If you have any questions about the verification process or the documents we request, please contact our office immediately.