IRS Offers Help to Students

IRS Offers Help to Students, Families to Get Tax Information for Student Financial Aid Applications

You must have information from your tax return in order to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) or apply for an income-driven repayment plan.

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) used to access your tax information for the FAFSA and income-driven repayment (IDR) plan applications are currently unavailable.

This does not limit an individual’s ability to apply for aid or an IDR plan. Applicants can manually provide their tax return information. The online FAFSA and IDR applications remain operational, and applicants can continue filing the FAFSA or applying for an IDR plan as they normally would.

Getting Your 2015 Tax Return Information For the 2016–17 and 2017–18 FAFSA

Applicants filing a 2016–17 or 2017–18 FAFSA must use data from their 2015 tax returns.  If you are selected for verification by the US Department of Education, you will also need to provide a copy of your tax transcript.

You should always retain a copy of your tax return, either electronically or on paper, and keep it in a secure place.

If you did not keep a copy of your tax return, here are some options:

  1. Access the tax software product you used to prepare and file your 2015 return.  You may be able to access your account to download/print a copy.
  2. Contact the tax preparer/provider who filed your 2015 return if you used a tax professional.
  3. Download your tax transcript (a summary) at Get Transcript Online.  Review the rigorous identity authentication requirements for Secure Access before attempting to register.
  4. Use Get Transcript by Mail and a transcript will be mailed to the address on your return within five to 10 days.
  5. Call our automated line at 800-908-9946 to order a transcript by mail.

If you filed an amended tax return, Form 1040X, you should use the adjusted gross income and earned income listed on your revised tax return