Frequently Asked Questions

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In what cases would a FAFSA applicant be ineligible to use the FAFSA-IRS Data Retrieval Tool?

A student would be ineligible to use the FAFSA-IRS Data Retrieval Tool in the following situations:

1.  The dependent student's parents are married, but file separate tax returns.

2.  It has been less than 2 weeks since the tax returns were electronically filed (allow 8 weeks for paper filing).

3.  The independent student is married and files a tax return separate of their spouse.

4.  The tax return filing status on the FASFA is marked as "I will file, but I have not completed my tax return".

5.  The applicant's marital status has changed since January 1 of the processing year.

6.  Either the student or their parents (in the case of a dependent student) has amended their tax return.

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