Federal Verification

Roughly 1 in 3 financial aid applications are federally selected for verification by the Department of Education. During verification income information is compared to the information on the FAFSA and adjustments are made if differences are identified. If selected you will be notified electronically by the Hiwassee College financial aid team. Please monitor the email addresses listed on your FAFSA as these are the addresses that information will be sent to. 

To aid in the federal verification process Hiwassee College has partnered with Inceptia. If your FAFSA application is selected for verification by the  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 school logo along with Inceptia’s, so you will know it is official.  

What Happens Next? 

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

  1. Confirm your identity 
  2. Create a secure user name and password
  3. Decide if you want to receive text messages and approve to e-sign. 
  4. Access your action list and begin the verification process. 

*Dependent students that provided 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 has been submitted.

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 our school will be notified.  


If you have any questions about the verification process, please contact Inceptia, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Central at 888-374-8427 or by email at VGCS@inceptia.org

The Office of Financial Aid at Hiwassee College is available Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Eastern time. Please visit our office on the administration level of the Barker Learning Center, call 423-420-1244, or email at financialaid@hiwassee.edu