The Department of Education recently announced an outage for the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) on Sunday, October 19th, from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Eastern time. During the outage, you will have to enter information manually for any task that requires tax and income information, such as completing the FAFSA or applying for federal student loan consolidation.
The new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2020-2021 year becomes available Tuesday, October 1st. This will be the application that is used beginning the fall 2020 semester. The new FAFSA uses financial information from the 2018 tax year, but you can still complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA for the current year using 2017 tax and income information.
The sooner you can complete your FAFSA each year the better, since there are some types of financial aid that are first come, first served, and several scholarships and grants have FAFSA deadlines. Keep an eye out, too, for announcements about help available for you and a parent to complete the FAFSA!
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