If your FAFSA is selected for verification and we have requested tax information, you will need to use the IRS data retrieval tool on the FAFSA or provide IRS tax return transcripts. However, due to security issues, the IRS data retrieval tool is currently unavailable on the 2017-2018 FAFSA. Because of this, as of April 24, 2017, we can also accept signed copies of tax returns to satisfy this part of the verification process. If you cannot provide a signed copy of your tax return or would still prefer to provide an IRS tax return transcript, please review the following information:

  • How do I order my tax return transcripts?
    • Visit www.IRS.gov to download your tax return transcripts or request them by mail. The IRS website is usually the quickest way to obtain tax return transcripts.
    • Request tax return transcripts via a paper form, IRS Form 4506T-EZ. While this method allows you to request that the transcripts be delivered directly to the Financial Aid Office, it may be slower than using the IRS website.
    • Order tax return transcripts by phone at 800-908-9946.
  • If I don’t have a copy of my tax return transcript, will a copy of my tax return be sufficient?
    Currently, yes. Because the IRS data retrieval tool is unavailable, as of April 24, 2017 we are able to accept signed copies of tax returns to satisfy this verification requirement. Once the data retrieval tool is available again, we expect that tax returns will no longer be acceptable, and we will update this answer at that time.
  • I tried to order my tax return transcripts, but wasn't able to access my information. Now what?
    Check the Social Security Number that you are using when attempting to access your tax information. It is recommended that you use the primary filer's (person listed first on the tax return) SSN and name to access your tax return transcripts. Make sure to input all requested information like name and address exactly as it appears on your tax return.