IRS Data Retrieval Option
We strongly recommend that parents and students select the IRS Data Retrieval option when filing the initial FAFSA or when subsequent corrections are made to your 2016-17 FAFSA application. This option becomes available in late February and will streamline and expedite the processing of your financial aid application. Students and parents may use "estimated income" information on the initial FAFSA. Families may be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval process once their tax returns are filed.
In order to successfully use the IRS Data Retrieval option, you must have:
- A federal tax return filed with the IRS. Electronically filed tax return information will be available online from the IRS site two weeks after the return has been filed. Data from paper tax returns will be available eight weeks after filing with the IRS.
- A valid Social Security number.
- Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) that you can apply for during the FAFSA process.
- an unchanged marital status since December 31, 2015.
Return to the FAFSA on the Web to access the FAFSA Corrections process. Change your tax filing status to "Already Completed". A box called "Link to the IRS" will become available for you to click on.
- A filtering question will ask you (and your parents when applicable) when and how you filed a 2015 tax return to determine if you can transfer tax information from the IRS into the FAFSA (see below for eligibility).
- Enter the FSA ID of the person whose tax information you are retrieving.
- Click "Link to IRS".
- Your FAFSA will be saved and you will be transferred to the IRS Web site.
- On the IRS Web site, enter the requested information.
- Verify that this information exactly matches the identifying information used on the tax form and then click submit.
- Once the IRS has validated your identification, your IRS tax information will display for you to review.
- If you transfer your IRS tax information, questions that are populated with tax information will be marked with "Transferred from the IRS." Do not make changes to information marked "Transferred from the IRS".
- Update your/parent wages earned if not accurate.
- Check the box that says, "Transfer My Tax Information into the FAFSA and click on the "Transfer Now" button.
- Submit your FAFSA with the corrections.
The Data Retrieval Process cannot be used in the following circumstances:
- Parents or students who are married and filed "Married Filing Separately" returns
- Unmarried parents living together
- Married and filed as Head of Household
- Marital status changed after December 31
- Parents with all zeroes for SSN
- Filed an amended tax return
- Filed a Puerto Rican or foreign tax return