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Availability of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool via the FAFSA

On March 30, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education announced that the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on fafsa.gov will be unavailable until additional security protections can be added to the process. Students should plan for the tool to be offline until the start of the next FAFSA season. The online FAFSA application is still available and is operable. Applicants will need to enter their income and tax information manually using their 2015 tax information. If your 2015 tax return information is not easily accessible to you, the Internal Revenue Service has published some helpful information about how to obtain this information on their website: https://www.irs.gov/individuals/irs-offers-help-to-students-families-to-get-tax-information-for-student-financial-aid-applications.

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