Complete the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)

The IRS DRT is a tool that allows you (and your parents, if dependent) to access your tax return(s) on the IRS website as you complete your FAFSA on the Web and automatically loads your tax return data to the corresponding FAFSA fields.

Please note: The Data Retrieval tool is currently unavailable and the IRS is actively working to solve the issue. You may still complete the FAFSA at this time by using information on your 2015 income tax return. If you, or your parents, have not retained a copy of your 2015 tax return, you may be able to access the tax software you used to prepare your 2015 return or contact your tax preparer to obtain a copy. If you are still unable to receive a copy of your 2015 tax return, you may visit to view and download a summary of your tax return, called a tax transcript, at Get Transcript Online.

Using the IRS DRT:

  • For FAFSA years 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 will ensure financial aid information is both accurate and not in conflict between the two years
  • And not changing the information once it has been transferred to the FAFSA means you will not have to provide the Student Financial Aid Office with a 2015 IRS tax return transcript
  • Will save you time by allowing the Student Financial Aid Office to finalize your federal aid in a shorter timeframe than families who must provide us with copies of their 2015 IRS tax return transcript(s)
  • For both 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 FAFSA years will ensure that federal aid will be awarded and disbursed accurately and will not have to be returned at a later date due to conflicting information. Nor will federal aid be withheld until any conflicting information has been resolved

You are eligible to use the IRS DRT:

  • If the information on your/your parent(s) 2015 tax return is correct and has not changed
  • As early as October 1, 2016, when the 2017-2018 FAFSA becomes available

You are not eligible to use the IRS DRT if you:

  • Had a change in marital status after the 2015 tax return was filed
  • Were a victim of identity theft for the 2015 tax year
  • Filed a foreign tax return for 2015
  • Filed married, filing separate tax returns for 2015

If you originally submitted your FAFSA and chose not to use the IRS DRT but are eligible to use it, you should still go to and correct your FAFSA using the IRS DRT.