Your Key to Unlocking Financial Aid
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a key step in obtaining any financial aid. You can complete it at https://studentaid.gov/ beginning on October 1 of the year prior to attending college.
Clarke’s Federal School Code is: 001852
Using this number will ensure that Clarke receives your complete FAFSA information.
Verification Q & A
What does it mean to be selected for Verification?
Verification is a process to confirm the information you and/or your parents provided on your FAFSA is accurate. The U.S. Department of Education randomly selects a FAFSA for verification. The Financial Aid Office will advise you on the documentation you will need, a quick response to any request for documentation will help expedite the verification process.
What do I have to do if I have been selected for Verification?
If you have been selected for verification you are required to complete the Verification Worksheet, the worksheet will be mailed to the student’s home address. If you did not utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when you initially filed your FAFSA you will need to complete the IRS Data Retrieval Tool at this time. If you are unable to use the tool, then you will need to request a Tax Return Transcript by going to www.irs.gov or 1-800-908-9946.
Will I still get my financial aid if I have been selected for Verification?
Your financial aid will not disburse until you complete the verification process. In addition, delays in sending documentation may result in the student not having aid by the time the bill is due each semester. In this case, the student is obligated to pay the account balance on the student bill. Once verification has been completed students will be notified of their financial aid award package or changes to a financial aid award package by e-mail.
I was selected for verification and have filed an amended tax return, what documents do I need to provide?
If you have filed or will file an amended tax return, you have two options for documentation to provide to your school. The first option is a signed copy of both the original tax return you filed with the IRS, as well as the amended return (IRS Form 1040X). The second option is an IRS Tax Return Transcript and a signed copy of the 1040X. While it is not necessary, it is preferred the IRS Tax Return Transcript be signed as well. If there is any information on the IRS Tax Return Transcript that may have been corrected by the IRS, (noted as “per computer”) and has not been amended on the Form 1040X, this will also need to be corrected if different than what was filed on the FAFSA.