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The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) is currently unavailable and we do not know when it will be available again. When completing the FAFSA, the 2015 income tax information will need to be manually entered.
If the financial aid office has requested a 2015 IRS Tax Return Transcript (TRT) from you and/or your parent(s) in order to complete the verification process, instructions on how to obtain a copy from the IRS can be found by clicking here.
If you or your parent(s) are unable to secure a copy of the TRT, a signed paper copy of the filed tax return may be substituted. The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) announced that effective April 24, 2017, financial aid offices may consider a signed paper copy of the 2015 IRS tax return that was used by the tax filer for submission to the IRS as acceptable documentation to verify FAFSA tax return information.
If you or your parent(s) previously submitted a signed 2015 tax form in lieu of the 2015 IRS Tax Return Transcript, please contact our office so that we can confirm that we do have it and that it is signed and acceptable to use.
Effective April 24, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education announced that the Verification of Non-Filing Letter from the IRS is no longer required for a student or parent(s) who did not file a tax return in 2015. The UTA Verification of Income Form is still required, along with copies of W-2's (or their equivalent) for each source of 2015 employment income. The IRS non-filing letter will be waived from your To-Do List.
Financial aid for the summer 2017 semester is awarded from the 2017-2018 FAFSA. Summer aid will be included in your initial award package, so please review your award notification thoroughly to ensure your financial aid is applied to the terms for which you plan to enroll.
The chart below will help you determine which FAFSA you need to complete to receive financial aid for the correct semesters:
|Enrollment Period||Required FAFSA||Required Tax Information|
|May 15, 2016 - May 13, 2017||2016-2017 FAFSA||2015 Federal Income Tax Information|
|May 15, 2017 - May 12, 2018||2017-2018 FAFSA||2015 Federal Income Tax Information|
PLEASE NOTE: Federal Pell Grant and Federal Direct Student Loan funding are subject to annual limits. Aid received from these programs during the summer term will count toward the annual maximum for each program.
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