Verification Policy

Verification Policy

Huntington College of Health Sciences must check the accuracy of all applications the Central Processing System (CPS) selects for verification, with the exception of students receiving unsubsidized loans only. The CPS will select applicants for verification based on edit checks which identify inconsistencies and/or potential errors. HCHS must also verify any application the College has reason to believe is incorrect or discrepant.

All financial aid applicants are encouraged to file federal income tax returns for applicant, parent and/or spouse as applicable, prior to completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This will allow students and prospective students to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval tool when completing the FAFSA. The IRS Data Retrieval tool saves time and increases the accuracy of the financial information collected on the FAFSA. The IRS Data Retrieval tool is also the fastest and most secure solution for meeting verification requirements if applicable.

Students selected for verification will receive an email from the Financial Aid Department notifying them of all required financial aid documents. If HCHS receives a subsequent FAFSA for a student selected for verification after they have been initially awarded federal financial aid, all future disbursements will be placed on hold. The student will be notified of the verification requirements and will have 30 days to complete the process. If verification is not complete, all previously disbursed federal financial aid will be returned which will result in a balance due on the student account.

The data reported on the verification worksheet, federal tax transcript and other supporting documentation provided is checked against the appropriate data elements on the FAFSA. All conflicting information will need to be corrected on the ISIR by the school or student as applicable and a new expected family contribution (EFC) will be calculated. Students will not be awarded federal financial aid until verification is complete. If HCHS receives a subsequent ISIR affecting overall financial aid eligibility, the financial aid award will be adjusted as applicable. The updated information may require a return of already received federal student aid funds resulting in a balance due on the student account. A student will be notified via email of any changes, updated award information and/or additional requirements.

Referrals will be made to the Office of Inspector General should there be allegations of fraud or other criminal misconduct in connection with an applicant’s application for financial aid.      

Financial Aid Deadlines

Below are the deadlines in which an admitted student must have all required financial aid documents on file in order to enroll in an applicable term.

Term Start Date

Financial Aid Documents Deadline

Jan. 9, 2017

Dec. 16, 2016

Jun. 5, 2017

May 19, 2017

Aug. 14, 2017

Jul. 28, 2017

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