College of the Siskiyous

Federal Verification Process

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We are pleased to announce we have established a partnership with Inceptia to expedite the federal verification process by utilizing the Verification Gateway (VG) online portal. If your FAFSA application is selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education, you will receive an introductory email to the email address you provided on the FAFSA. If no email was provided, you will receive an introductory postcard. The postcard will have our school logo along with Inceptia's, so you will know it is official.

What Happens Next?

A custom school link will be included in the introductory communication requesting you to access Verification Gateway.

2018-2019 Verification Gateway: https://www.verificationgateway.org/siskiyous2019

You will need to do the following*:

  • Confirm your identity (authentication).
  • Create a secure user name and password.
  • Decide if you want to receive text messages and e-sign your submission.
  • Access your Task List and begin the verification process (the list may consist of some combination of online forms and the request to upload specific documents to VG).

*Dependent students that provided parental information on the FAFSA are required to have one parent also authenticate and create an account. This parent will be required to e-sign or provide an ink signature once all documentation has been submitted.

Upon receipt of all required documents, Inceptia will begin the verification process. Students will be notified if there are any questions or if any additional documentation is required via email, text or postcard. Once verification has been completed, the student and our school will be notified.

Announcement

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced an upcoming change to federal tax return transcripts, to become effective on Sept. 23, 2018. The format change is driven by a desire to protect sensitive taxpayer data and, to that end, transcripts will now contain partially redacted personally identifiable information (PII) such as name, Social Security number, and addresses. Financial information, such as those line items needed to perform verification, will not be redacted. The format change will impact all transcripts, whether retrieved online or by mail, and will be effective for all tax years. More information is located https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-to-introduce-new-tax-transcript-to-better-protect-taxpayer-data.

Nontax filers - For independent students, and parents of dependent students who did not file and are not required to file an income tax return for the applicable tax year -

  • signed statement certifying that the individual
  • Attempted to obtain the VNF from the IRS or other tax authorities and was unable to obtain the required documentation; and
  • Has not filed and is not required to file a 2016 or 2017 income tax return, and a listing of the sources of any 2016 or 2017 income earned by the individual from work and the amount of income from each source; and
  • A copy of IRS Form W–2, or an equivalent document, for each source of 2016 or 2017 employment income received by the individual.

Remember! If you filed a federal tax return, the best way to submit tax information is by using the IRS Data Retrieval tool while completing your FAFSA. If you have completed your FAFSA you can log back in and select LOG IN, select Make FAFSA Corrections.

Questions

If you have any questions about the verification process, please contact Inceptia, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Central Standard Time at 1 (888) 374-8427 or by email at VGCS@inceptia.org.

About Inceptia

Inceptia, a division of National Student Loan Program (NSLP), is a nonprofit organization committed to offering effective and uncomplicated solutions in financial aid management, default prevention, and financial education. Our mission is to support schools as they launch brilliant futures for students, armed with the knowledge to become financially responsible citizens. Since 1986, we have helped more than two million students at 5,500 schools reach their higher education dreams. Each year, we help more than 160,000 students learn how to pay for college, borrow wisely, resolve their delinquency issues, and repay their student loan obligations. Our solutions are designed to support student success by helping financial aid administrators maximize resources, so they can spend more time focusing on students. More information at inceptia.org.

Contact Financial Aid

Email: financialaid@siskiyous.edu
Phone: (530) 938-5209
Fax: (530) 938-5367