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Financial Aid Verification

Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) could be selected for review by the U.S. Department of Education in a process called “Verification”.

If you are selected for Financial Aid verification, it means St. Francis College must compare the information from your FAFSA, your Federal tax transcript, verification worksheet, and other financial documents.

If there are differences between your FAFSA information and your financial documents, additional information may be requested and/or corrections will be processed. The law says that we have the right to ask you for this information and resolve any conflicts before awarding Federal financial aid (34 CFR, Part 668). You must provide St, Francis College with all the requested applicable documents. Additional required “Documents/Forms” are located on our webpage. Federal aid cannot be disbursed to your account until the verification process has been completed.

Unusual Enrollment History Flag:

The U.S. Department of Education has added the Unusual Enrollment History Flag to the information received by the college. This flag indicates whether students have an unusual enrollment history (transferring to multiple colleges) in regard to the receipt of Federal Pell Grant (Pell Grant) funds, and requires follow-up by the college to review the student's enrollment patterns.

Unusual Enrollment History:

Unusual enrollment history is the specific pattern the Department of Education uses to select students who have received a Federal Pell Grant and/or Federal Direct Student Loans at multiple institutions during the past four academic years. Students are required to have earned academic credit during the award year in which they received Pell Grant or Federal Direct Loan funds at each previously attended institution. Some students who have an unusual enrollment history have legitimate reasons for their enrollment at multiple schools. However, such an enrollment history requires the Financial Aid Office to review your file in order to determine future Federal financial aid eligibility. If selected by the Department of Education, this must be resolved before you will receive financial aid.

St. Francis College is required to review the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) to identify the names of all schools where the student received Pell Grant and/or Federal Direct Loan funding over the past four award years. This information will be compared to the post-secondary academic transcripts submitted to St. Francis College. If all academic transcripts have not been submitted, eligibility for financial aid cannot be determined. Review policy here.

Submitting Documentation:

Verification documents may be submitted via To access the portal you will first need to register for an account. Once you have done so, you can then use your SFC credentials to log in. When registering for the first time, a student will need the following- student ID number, first and last name, date of birth, and social security number. This information must precisely match the information that the student provided on their FAFSA application. If a student is unable to create an account or log in, it may be helpful to pull up the FAFSA application and see what was submitted for the above-required items.

If a student has outstanding items that need to be resolved, the documents will be listed as tasks. Please upload all required documents, as a student’s verification will not be fully reviewed until all documents are submitted. Please allow 3-5 business days for review. Once verification has been completed, the student will receive an email via their SFC email notifying them that their aid offer is ready for review.

Important Reminder:
Federal verification for the 2022-2023 academic year requires 2020 income tax information.

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