Forms & Information

FAFSA Tools & Info

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), and transfer the data directly into their FAFSA from the IRS Web site.

If you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, we highly recommend using the tool for several reasons:

  1. It's the easiest and fastest way to provide your tax data.
  2. It's the best way of ensuring that your FAFSA has accurate tax information.
  3. You will not need to provide a copy of your or your parents' tax returns to your college.

Students or parents who are married and filed as Married Filing Separately, are married and filed as Head of Household, filed an amended tax return, or filed a Puerto Rican or foreign tax return are not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, and will need to enter their tax return information manually.

Additionally, students or parents who filed their tax returns electronically within the last three weeks, or through the mail within the last eight weeks, might need to either enter their tax return information manually or return at a later date to transfer their tax return information into the FAFSA, as their tax return information might not be available for transfer from the IRS.

Prior to beginning the process of completing your FAFSA, you will need the following:

  1. Your parent's 2018 tax information to complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA (summer term)
  2. Your parent's 2019 tax information to complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA (fall/spring terms) NOTE: Submit the 2020-2021 FAFSA first, then submit the 2021-2022 FAFSA
  3. Visit 8 Steps to Filling Out the FAFSA Form and follow the steps provided