If you still need to complete your 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), take note!

The IRS took down its Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) last week due to security concerns. DRT allows students and parents to transfer their income tax information into the FAFSA. We’ll explain how the DRT outage might affect you and provide steps you and your parents should take. fafsa-_screen

Note: If you already filed your 2017-18 FAFSA and used the DRT to input your tax information, this outage should not affect you.

If you and your parents have NOT completed your 2017-18 FAFSA, follow these steps:

  1. Complete the FAFSA at fafsa.gov. If you get an error message when you try IRS Data Retrieval (“page not found” or “access denied”), manually input your 2015 tax data.
  2. Request an official tax return transcript of your 2015 income data from the IRS. You will need the transcript if the college(s) you list on the FAFSA request verification of your tax data.
  3. Respond to verification requests as soon as possible and send all requested documents to the college. Colleges will not award financial aid until the verification process is complete.

For free help with the FAFSA or verification process, contact the EducationQuest location nearest you to make an appointment.

  • Omaha – 402.391.4033 or 888.357.6300
  • Lincoln – 402.475.5222 or 800.303.3745
  • Kearney – 308.234.6310 or 800.666.3721
  • Scottsbluff – 800.303.3745, ext. 6654

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