IRS Data Retrieval Tool

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows students and parents to retrieve their IRS tax return information directly into the FAFSA. Using this tool saves you time and reduces the number of documents that must be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid.

  IRS Data Retrieval Unavailable

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is unavailable for the 2017-18 FAFSA. Please follow the instructions below to provide your 2015 tax information.

How to Submit 2015 Tax Information without the IRS Data Retrieval Tool

If you are currently completing the FAFSA, we highly recommend you manually enter your information. If you need a copy of your 2015 tax return:

  • Contact your tax preparer or check your tax software used to prepare your return.
  • Request a 2015 tax transcript from the IRS and use that information to manually complete the fields in the FAFSA. Please do not send us a tax transcript unless we've requested it from you.

If you have already submitted your FAFSA and we have asked you to complete the IRS Data Retrieval, you will need to submit a copy of your 2015 federal income tax return:

  • Contact your tax preparer or check your tax software used to prepare your return.
  • Sign and submit the first two pages of IRS Form 1040 or 1040A. If you filed a 1040EZ, only the first page must be submitted.
  • At least one parent signature is required on all submitted pages. If a tax preparer completed your return, the name of the preparer must be included on all pages along with the Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) or Employer Identification Number (EIN).
  • Submit your form online, fax it to 303-492-0838, or stop by our office.

You will be prompted to use the IRS Data Retrieval while completing the FAFSA if you are eligible. Watch a video for step-by-step instructions. If we request that you complete data retrieval, please use the following instructions:

  1. Log in to fafsa.ed.gov/
  2. Click on Make FAFSA Corrections, enter FSA ID and password.
    You will need to create an FSA ID in order to retrieve your tax information. Click the 'Create an FSA ID' link and complete the requested information. For help with the FSA ID, visit studentaid.gov.
  3. Navigate to the Financial Information tab
  4. If you can answer "No" to all of the questions, the tax filer will then click on Link to IRS
  5. Once you are transferred to the IRS website, fill in the information exactly as it was entered on the tax return
  6. Click Transfer Now to go back to the Financial Information screen
  7. Review the data that was transferred and make any necessary corrections
  8. Navigate to the Sign & Submit tab to submit the corrected FAFSA