Data Retrieval Tool

​Federal Student Aid confirmed that the IRS Data Retrieval Tool will return with the 2018–19 FAFSA form on Oct. 1, 2017, with additional security and privacy protections added. (The IRS turned off the tool a few months ago following concerns that data from the tool could be used by identity thieves to file fraudulent tax returns.)

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows students to transfer data from their federal income tax returns into their FAFSA electronically.

What is the Data Retrieval Tool?

  • ​IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) process will help simplify the verification process if selected.
  • The 2018-2019 FAFSA require you to use 2016 tax information.
  • Using the IRS DRT process can reduce errors on your FAFSA, as well as reduce the amount of requested documents from the Financial Aid Office.
  • When you submit the request, the IRS will confirm your identity.
  • Watch the IRS retrieval video to learn how to retrieve your taxes onto the FAFSA.

Simple Steps to Transfer Tax Information Into your FAFSA 

Am I eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool?

I’m unable to link my tax return.  What do I do? 
If you are unable to link your taxes to your FAFSA, you may be asked to provide a copy of your 2016 Federal tax Return Transcript.  How to get an IRS tax return transcript

I was selected for verification, but I didn’t make enough money to file taxes. What do I do? 
If you did not make enough money to file taxes, then you will need to get a non-filing letter from the IRS and submit it to the Financial Aid office.  Information regarding IRS Verification of Non-filing

» Instructions for Requesting a Federal Tax Return Transcript from the IRS