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Latest from FSA: Status of FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool

May 3, 2017

FSA recently posted an update on the status of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT), which was removed in March due to privacy and security concerns.

The update notes that changes are being implemented in order to reinstate the use of the IRS DRT for the 2018-19 FAFSA cycle. To enhance the security and privacy of sensitive personal data transferred from the IRS to the FAFSA, the updated solution will limit the information that displays to the applicant. Per the announcement, the updated IRS DRT will launch on October 1, 2017, meaning it will remain unavailable to 2016-17 and 2017-18 FAFSA filers. That said, students and parents can still apply for financial aid by manually entering their tax return information into the FAFSA.

For more details on the latest IRS DRT update, see FSA’s announcement.

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