Auto-fill your FAFSA with IRS Data Retrieval | 02.01.12

Posted in FAFSA, Financial Aid By Student Loan Network Staff

Hand on MouseHappy February! While we still have to wait one more day to find out if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, you do not have to wait any longer to use FAFSA’s IRS Data Retrieval option! Starting today, February 1, students and parents who have filed their taxes can pull this information directly into their FAFSA.

In the past, filling out the financial information on the FAFSA has been a hassle since parents and students had to manually enter all of the information. Plus, this information would then need to be cross-referenced with the IRS by the financial aid office. This new IRS data retrieval option takes the some of the burden off of the families, allowing for an easy way to fill out the FAFSA.

If you haven’t filed your taxes yet for the year, no worries. You can select the “Will File” option, then when your taxes have been filed, log back into your FAFSA and update using the IRS Data Retrieval tool. To learn more about the IRS Data Retrieval option read, “IRS Data Retrieval Tool for FAFSA

Remember, if you haven’t filed your FAFSA yet, get started! The earlier you apply the more likely you are to receive certain types of aid! If you need help, make sure to download our free FAFSA Guide ebook, or head on over to for step by step instructions to this year’s form!

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4 Responses to “Auto-fill your FAFSA with IRS Data Retrieval”

  1. Alex says on February 10, 2012 at 11:00 am:

    Your FAFSA link goes to a site that charges for FAFSA as opposed to the actual free site

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    • Student Loan Guru says on February 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm:

      Thanks for bringing this up. While FAFSAOnline is a free resource for students looking for help with the FAFSA, there are some sites that do charge a fee. The FAFSA is always free, and is available at the .gov link provided above.

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  2. Scarlettah says on February 2, 2012 at 10:40 pm:

    This won’t work for me–it’s not even an option. What am I doing wrong? Safari 5.

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    • Student Loan Guru says on February 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm:

      If it’s not an option, it could be because of a previous selection you made on the form. If you select will file, or have not filed, it will not be available. You must select have filed for this to be an option.

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