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Your FAFSA and the Verification Process

Your Student Aid Report (SAR) will notify you if you have been selected by the U.S. Department of Education for the process known as verification. Hampshire College may also select you for the verification process. The U.S. Department of Education may select a student based on certain information provided on the FAFSA, or it could be a random selection. Hampshire College may select a student because of inconsistent or conflicting information.

The verification process requires the student to complete and return a specific Verification Worksheet to the financial aid office. There are five different Worksheets: the Standard, Child Support Paid, Custom, Aggregate, and Household Resources. Students must be sure to complete their specific worksheet. You may view which of the five is required by visiting the My Documents section of TheHub. Once you have confirmed which worksheet is required, click here to print the appropriate worksheet. 

Some additional forms and data may be required for each of the five different worksheets. Carefully read the instructions on your specific worksheet to make sure you provide all of the requested information. Some of the additional information may include the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT), an IRS tax return transcript, copies of W2 forms, and proof of a high school diploma. Depending on your individual situation, we may also request other additional information, such as a 1099-R or the 1040X form. These additional forms will appear on TheHub.

The Standard, Aggregate, and Household Resources Worksheets also require the financial aid office to verify the student's and the custodial parents' income. Please click here for more information about the income verification process.

The Custom and Aggregate Worksheets require proof of a high school diploma or an equivalent. Please attach the appropriate document (see list on worksheet) to the worksheet.

The Standard, Child Support Paid, and Household Resources Worksheets may be mailed, faxed, or scanned and emailed to the financial aid office. The Custom and Aggregate Worksheets cannot be faxed or scanned and emailed; these must be either mailed to the office or the student may complete the Identity and Statement of Education Purpose section of the worksheet in person at the financial aid office.

If you have questions about the verification process or about the verification worksheets, please call the financial aid office at 413.559.5484.




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