Changes to the FAFSA: What You Need to Know About the 2019-2020 FAFSA
The 2019-2020 school year will be here before you know it. Here are some changes for you to be aware of when completing the 2019-2020 FAFSA:
IRS Data Retrieval Tool
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) will be available for the 2019-2020 FAFSA for families to use. The IRS DRT allows students and parents to electronically transfer their 2017 tax information from the IRS into the FAFSA. Some students and parents will not be eligible to use the IRS DRT and will have to manually enter their 2017 income into the FAFSA.
If a student or parent elects to use the IRS DRT, the data that is transferred from the IRS will be masked. This means the information transferred will not be visible and you will not be able to make any changes to the transferred information. Do not be alarmed. This feature is to help protect you from identity theft. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office.
Amended Tax Returns
If you filed an amended tax return (1040X) for 2017, you can still use the IRS DRT if you are eligible to use it. The IRS will transfer your original tax information into the FAFSA. Our office will be notified on the student's processed FAFSA if a parent or student filed an amended tax return and will reach out to request a signed copy of the 2017 amended return.
*New For 2019-2020* FAFSA Mobile App
Download the myStudentAid app from either Google Play or the App Store. From October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019, only the 2019-2020 FAFSA can be completed on the mobile app. IRS Data Retrieval Tool will be available through the app.