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FAFSA - IRS Data Retrieval Tool

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is available for online FAFSA submittals and is accessible through the FAFSA web site www.fafsa.gov.  The retrieval tool allows FAFSA applicants and parents with the ability to transfer their income information from the IRS to the FAFSA.  See below.

For the 2014-2015 award year ALL FAFSA on the Web (FOTW) applicants and parents of dependent applicants who indicate they have filed or will file a 2013 federal tax return will be directed to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to report and/or update their income information on the FAFSA.

Federal Income Tax Info
For 2014-2015 FAFSA submittals the IRS Tool is expected to be available beginning February 2, 2014.

BENEFITS OF USING THE TOOL:

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE 2014-2015 FAFSA PROCESS:

Select this link for a brief tutorial on the FAFSA-IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

WHEN WILL DATA BE AVAILABLE FROM THE IRS?

Electronic Tax Filers Data will be available within 2 weeks of filing
Paper Tax Filers Data will be available within 6 – 8 weeks of filing

If you plan to submit your FAFSA before you and/or your parents complete and submit your 2013 Federal Tax Return, then be sure to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to update your FAFSA record once the returns have been submitted and the income data is available to be retrieved.

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

WHO IS “NOT” ELIGIBLE TO USE THE TOOL?

SPECIAL ITEM OF NOTE – Applicants who choose not to use the tool OR change the IRS income information

WHAT IF YOUR FILE IS SELECTED FOR VERIFICATION?

If your 2014-2015 FAFSA record is selected for a process called verification and you and your parents were eligible to file a 2013 federal tax return, you will be required to:

Select this link for a step-by-step guide on how to request a copy your tax transcript.

USEFUL LINKS:

FAFSA on the WEB

www.fafsa.gov

IRS web site

www.irs.gov

2014-2015 FAFSA Workshop Series

2014-2015 FAFSA Workshops

Should you have any questions, contact the CSULA Financial Aid Office at (323) 343-6260 or visit our office in the Student Affairs Building (SA 124).

5151 State University Drive . Los Angeles . CA 90032 . (323) 343-3000
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Last Update: 02/13/2014