The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows students and parents to access the IRS tax return information needed to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students and parents may transfer the data directly into their FAFSA.
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is unavailable for the 17/18 FAFSA.
However, it is available for the 18/19 FAFSA.
If you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, we highly recommend using the tool for several reasons:
Even if the FAFSA was previously filed, you can link your tax information at any time. If you have not already used the tool, go to www.fafsa.gov, log in to your FAFSA record, select “Make FAFSA Corrections,” and navigate to the Financial Information section of the form. From there, follow the instructions to determine if you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer IRS income tax information into your FAFSA.
The Financial Aid Office cannot accept copies of tax returns for verification purposes, only tax return transcripts from the IRS.
You may request a free tax return transcript 3 ways: