Financial Aid

Verification Process

Verification Process

What is Verification?
The U.S. Department of Education randomly selects FAFSA applications for verification.  If you are selected, the information on your FAFSA will be reviewed for accuracy. Here are some reasons why a student is selected for verification:
      The student was selected randomly
      The FAFSA that was submitted was incomplete
      The data on the FAFSA appears to contradict itself
      Estimated information was provided on the FAFSA

Will verification stop me from receiving financial aid?
You will not receive an award until the verification process is successfully completed.  Once the necessary requirements are submitted, your file will be reviewed, and you will be notified of the next step.  If additional information is needed, or corrections to your FAFSA need to be made by Inceptia, you will need to allow additional time for processing.  Your classes will not be secured by financial aid until verification is completed.

What is the IRS Data Retrieval Tool?
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is an option offered on the FAFSA that allows the transfer of tax information directly from the IRS to the FAFSA.  It is strongly recommended that this is used so that the information provided on the FAFSA is accurate.

What is an IRS Tax Return Transcript?  How do I obtain one?
If you are selected for verification and were not able to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool, you may be required to submit a 2016 tax return transcript from the IRS.  This is not a copy of your tax return. The tax return transcript can be requested free of charge by using the link below:

Will my financial aid change due to verification?
If the information provided for verification does not match your FAFSA, corrections will be made on your behalf.  These corrections may decrease or increase your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), or it may not change at all. Your EFC is calculated by the Department of Education and determines what type of aid you may qualify for and how much (based on your enrollment status).

Do I still have to complete verification if I did not work or file taxes?
If you are selected for verification, then you must complete the process. Each student has their own specific requirements which is determined by the Department of Education.


Effective: Fall 2018

We are pleased to announce we have established a partnership with Inceptia to expedite the federal verification process for Dawson Community College. Verification Gateway (VG) from Inceptia is an online portal to guide students and parents through verification.

If your FAFSA application is selected for verification by the U.S Department of Education, you will receive an email from, or postcard from Inceptia, containing Dawson Community College’s unique website link to start the verification process.

We encourage you to begin the verification process within 7 days of receiving notification from Verification Gateway to ensure you receive your financial aid in time for payments. Failure to complete the verification process could result in the delay or denial of your financial aid.

Verification Gateway Links and Deadlines

2019-2020 Federal Verification:

Deadline for submitting these documents is September 4, 2020.

2020-2021 Federal Verification:

Deadline for submitting these documents is September 7, 2021.  

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 university logo along with Inceptia’s – so you will know it is an official document.

What Happens Next?

A custom school link will be included in the introductory communication to request your access to the Verification Gateway. You will need to do the following*:

  • Access our school’s unique website link in the email from or listed below.
  • Create your account and choose preferences for text messages and e-signatures.
  • Complete your Task List. Your Task List may consist of some combination of online forms and the request to upload specific documents to the Verification Gateway).
  • Confirm your signature and review your information.
  • Sign your account.

*Dependent students who provide 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 have been submitted.

*If more than one dependent student is selected in the same household, the parent must create separate Inceptia accounts with unique email addresses for each student.

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 DCC will be notified.


If you have any questions about the verification process, please contact Inceptia, Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm CST at 888-374-8427 or by email at

Students Not Selected for Verification

Please note, students whose FAFSA application was not selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education, but may require additional information to proceed with processing, may receive information directly from

About Inceptia

Inceptia, a division of National Student Loan Program (NSLP), is a nonprofit organization committed to helping schools launch brilliant futures for their students. Inceptia achieves this goal by offering effective and uncomplicated financial aid management solutions in such key areas as default prevention, verification and financial education. Learn more at