Changes to the FAFSA: What You Need to Know About the 2018-2019 FAFSA


The 2018-2019 school year will be here before you know it.  Here are some changes for you to be aware of when completing the 2018-2019 FAFSA:

IRS Data Retrieval Tool 

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) will be available for the 2018-2019 FAFSA for families to use.  The IRS DRT allows students and parents to electronically transfer their 2016 tax information from the IRS into the FAFSA.  Some students and parents will not be eligible to use the IRS DRT and will have to manually enter their 2016 income into the FAFSA.

If a student or parent elects to use the IRS DRT, the data that is transferred from the IRS will be masked.  This means the information transferred will not be visible and you will not be able to make any changes to the transferred information.  Do not be alarmed.  This feature is to help protect you from identity theft.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office.

Amended Tax Returns

If you filed an amended tax return (1040X) for 2016, you can still use the IRS DRT if you are eligible to use it.  The IRS will transfer your original tax information into the FAFSA.  Our office will be notified on the student's processed FAFSA if a parent or student filed an amended tax return and will reach out to request a signed copy of the 2016 amended return.

Use Earlier Income and Tax Information

The 2018-2019 FAFSA will require students and their families to report their 2016 tax information.  If your family's income has significantly changed since the 2016 tax year, please contact us.

Deadlines

The priority date for the Kansas Board of Regents Scholarship application is May 1, 2018. The Board requests that applications be RECEIVED by this date. There is a $12.00 application fee for these scholarship programs.

Kansas Comprehensive Grants are available to needy Kansas undergraduate residents that are enrolled full-time.  To be considered you must complete and submit the 2018-2019 FAFSA by the April 1, 2018 deadline.

To ensure that you are considered for the best possible aid package you should complete your 2018-2019 FAFSA as soon as you are able.


IRS Data Retrieval Tool Unavailability Update


On March 30, 2017, The IRS and Federal Student Aid (FSA) announced the Data Retrieval Tool on fafsa.gov and StudentLoans.gov will be unavailable until the IRS is able to provide extra security protections to protect taxpayer data.  Students and families will be able to use the tool for the 2018-2019 FAFSA, which will be available October 1, 2017.  Until then, students and families completing a 2017-2018 should manually enter 2015 tax information (not 2016).  If a student's FAFSA is selected for verification, please follow the instructions in the letter sent to the student on how to request a tax return transcript and other tax related documents from the IRS.  If anyone has questions about completing their FAFSA or about verification documents, please contact our office.