Verification Process

You might see a note on your Student Aid Report saying you’ve been selected for verification; or our office might contact you to inform you that you’ve been selected. Verification is the process schools use to confirm that the data reported on your FAFSA is accurate. Westmoreland County Community College’s Financial Aid Office has the authority to contact you for documentation that supports the information you reported on your FAFSA.

If you’re selected for verification, don’t assume you’re being accused of doing anything wrong. Students are selected at random by the Department of Education. All you need to do is provide the documentation the Financial Aid Office is requesting. To determine which documents are required, please log in to ‘MyWCCC’ student portal with your account and password. Review "Missing Documents” within the Financial Aid section. When submitting any forms to the Financial Aid Office, be sure to include your student WCCC ID on each page.

Westmoreland County Community College Recommended Deadlines:

  • Fall Semester - July 1 Spring
  • Semester - November 1
  • Summer Semester - April 1

Federal Verification Processing: IRS Tax Return Filers -student and/or parent(s) in lieu of using the IRS DRT or obtaining an IRS transcript may begin submitting their IRS 2015 Tax Return.

For the remainder of the 2016-2017 award year verification process and as we move into the 2017-2018 academic year, the Financial Aid Office will accept a signed paper copy of your 2015 IRS Tax Return (1040, 1040A or 1040EZ) as “acceptable documentation” for income and other tax related verification information.

IRS Document Request Instructions

Victims of Identity Theft
If you or your parents have been victims of documented identity theft and cannot get a return transcript or use the DRT, you may request and submit a Tax Return Data Base View (TRDBV) transcript as well as a statement they have signed and dated indicating that they were victims of tax-related identity theft and that the IRS has been made aware of it. They do this by calling the IRS’s Identity Protection Specialized Unit (IPSU) at 1-800-908-4490. After the IPSU authenticates the tax filer’s identity, he/she can ask the IRS to mail the TRDBV transcript, which is an alternate paper transcript that will look different than a regular transcript but is official and can be used for verification. Those who cannot obtain TRDBV transcript may instead submit another official IRS transcript or equivalent IRS document, but it must include all