IRS Data Retrieval Tool

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)is available for online FAFSA submission and is accessible through the FAFSA website at The DRT allows FAFSA applicants and parents the ability to transfer their income information from the IRS to the FAFSA.

All FAFSA on the Web (FOTW) applicants and parents of dependent applicants who indicate they have filed or will file a 2012 tax return will be directed to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to report and/or update their income information on the FAFSA. For the 2013-2014 FAFSA applications, the DRT is expected to be available beginning February 1, 2013.

Step One - Choose "Start Here"



Step Two - Under the Financial Information section, you will be asked a series of questions to determine whether or not you (or your parents) are eligible to use the tool.



Step Three -- If you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you will be prompted to Enter your PIN number and then "Link to IRS."



Step Four -- Once you are connected to the site, review your information for accuracy, select the appropriate box at the bottom, and select "Transfer Now."


You will then be returned to the FAFSA website to complete the remainder of your FAFSA. You successfully transferred your income information!


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