IRS Data Retrieval Tool Unavailable

June 8, 2017

The IRS DRT is currently unavailable for students and families completing their 2016-17 or 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The IRS and the U.S. Department of Education Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) anticipate the IRS DRT to be unavailable until the start of the next FAFSA season. The tool was disabled due to security concerns and to protect sensitive taxpayer data.

While the IRS and the U.S. Department of Education are working to resolve these issues as quickly as possible, students and families should plan for the tool to be offline until the start of the next FAFSA season. It is recommended that students and parents request copies of their 2015 federal income tax transcript in case they are selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education.

Students and parents have two options available for requesting federal income tax transcripts from the IRS website at:

  1. Online: allows the taxpayer to view, print or download the tax transcript. This option requires online registration and identity verification.
  2. By Mail: the taxpayer can request a transcript online or by calling 1-800-908-9946 and the transcript will be delivered to the address on record within 5 to 10 days.


If you need assistance in obtaining your IRS tax transcript please visit the Financial Aid Office.