Important FAFSA Information
To protect sensitive taxpayer data, the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) on fafsa.gov and StudentLoans.gov has added extra security protections for the 2018 FAFSA.
The IRS DRT provides tax data that automatically fills in information for part of the FAFSA as well as the income-driven repayment (IDR) plan application for federal student loan borrowers.
The IRS DRT was turned off following concerns that data from the tool could be used by identity thieves to file fraudulent tax returns. Enhancements have been made to encrypt or mask the sensitive data.
The income information needed to complete the FAFSA form or to apply for an IDR plan can be found on a previously filed tax return. If you don’t have a copy of your tax return, you may be able to access the tax software used to prepare the return or contact your tax preparer to obtain a copy. You also may visit irs.gov/transcript to view and download a summary (called a “transcript”) of your tax return or to request that a tax transcript be sent to you by mail.
For more information about the FAFSA and the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, please visit: