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FAFSA Tips

The FAFSA is available starting October 1. You may import federal tax income information on the FAFSA by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT).

UM School code: 002103

CAUTION! As the name Free Application for Federal Student Aid implies, applying for federal student aid is FREE. Be cautious of companies charging a fee, the fee is for their assistance filling out forms.

The FAFSA on the Web Worksheet provides a preview of the questions that you may be asked on FAFSA on the Web.



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What is the IRS Data Retrieval Tool?

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is a way to get your tax information directly from the IRS without having to have a copy of your taxes with your when you complete the FAFSA. If you have filed a federal tax return, you will be asked if you want to retrieve your information directly from the IRS. If you select this option, you will be guided through the process.

Who can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool?

If you and/or your parent(s) meet the criteria below, we encourage you to use this tool.

  • Have a valid Social Security Number and FSA ID
  • You/your parent(s) have submitted 2016 federal tax returns to the IRS
  • You/your parent(s) have unchanged marital status as of December 31, 2016

Who should not use this tool?

  • Students, spouse or parents who are not required to file a tax return
    Note: The student should still report any income earned from work in lines 39-40 (student and spouse) and lines 88-89 (parents). The W-2 form and other records should be used to determine these amounts.
  • Students and parents who filed an amended tax return
  • Students or parents who filed a 2016 tax return but are -
    • Divorced
    • Separated
    • Widowed
    • Unmarried and both parents living together
  • Those who filed taxes outside of the U.S.

If you do not meet the above criteria please choose an alternate method of requesting your IRS Tax Transcript.

If you have additional questions regarding the FAFSA process please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at 301-314-9000.